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An Unlikely Prince

The Life and Times of Machiavelli

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Regular Price $17.99 CAD

Regular Price $13.99

Regular Price $17.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around June 29, 2010. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

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Jun 29, 2010

Page Count

360 Pages

ISBN-13

9780306819087

Description

In this compelling new biography, historian Niccolò Capponi frees Machiavelli (1469–1527) from centuries of misinterpretation. Exploring the Renaissance city of Florence, where Machiavelli lived, Capponi reveals the man behind the legend. A complex portrait of Machiavelli emerges—at once a brilliantly skillful diplomat and a woefully inept liar; a sharp thinker and an impractical dreamer; a hardnosed powerbroker and a risk-taking gambler; a calculating propagandist and an imprudent jokester.

Capponi's intimate portrait of Machiavelli reveals his behavior as utterly un-Machiavellian, his vision of the world as limited by his very provincial outlook. In the end, Machiavelli was frustrated by his own political failures and utterly baffled by the success of his book The Prince.

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