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Be like the fox : Machiavelli's lifelong quest for freedom, Erica Benner

Label
Be like the fox : Machiavelli's lifelong quest for freedom
Title
Be like the fox
Title remainder
Machiavelli's lifelong quest for freedom
Statement of responsibility
Erica Benner
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Far from the ruthless Machiavellian henchman that people think he was, Machiavelli emerges here as a profound ethical thinker who fought to uphold high moral standards and restore the democratic freedoms of his beloved Florence. Shaking the dust from history, Benner ... interweaves Machiavelli's words with those of his friends and enemies, giving us a biography with all the energy of fiction"--Amazon.com
  • "Since the publication of The Prince five centuries ago, Machiavelli has been associated with political amorality. But that characterization is unfair. In Be Like the Fox, Erica Benner sets the record straight: far from the ruthless 'Machiavellian' puppet master that people think he was, Machiavelli emerges here as a profound ethical thinker who fought to uphold high moral standards and restore the democratic freedoms of his beloved Florence. Shaking the dust from history, Benner masterfully interweaves Machiavelli's words with those of his friends and enemies, giving us a biography with all the energy of fiction. Through dialogues and diaries, we witness dramatic episodes, including Savonarola's fiery sermons against the elite in Florence's piazza, Machiavelli's secret negotiations with Caterina Sforza at the court of Forlì, and the Florentines' frantic preparations to resist Pope Julius's plan to overthrow their Republic. Benner relates how Machiavelli rose as an advisor in the Florentine Republic, advancing the city's interests as a diplomat and military strategist, only to become a political pariah when the Republic was defeated. His egalitarian politics made him an enemy of the Medici family, and his secular outlook put him at odds with religious zealots. But he soon learned to mask his true convictions, becoming a great artist of foxlike dissimulation. Machiavelli's masterpiece, The Prince, was in fact a critique of princely power, but the critique had to be veiled, written as it was after the Medici triumphed over the Republic. In Be Like the Fox, the most accurate and compelling portrait of Machiavelli yet, Benner recounts the gripping story of a brilliant political thinker, showing that Machiavelli's ideas--about democratic institutions, diplomacy, and freedom--are more important than ever."--Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Benner, Erica
Dewey number
170.92
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
B785.M24
LC item number
B455 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Philosophers
  • HISTORY / Europe / Renaissance
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Philosophers
  • HISTORY / Europe / Renaissance
Label
Be like the fox : Machiavelli's lifelong quest for freedom, Erica Benner
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-347) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The importance of good faith -- Take nothing on authority -- Do not be deceived by false glory -- Beware of doctors -- Have no fear of giants -- How to speak of princes -- Recover your freedom -- The way to paradise -- So blinded are you by present greed -- Build dykes and dams -- Fortune loves impetuous young men -- How to win -- Measure yourself and limit your hopes -- Be like the fox -- Simulate stupidity -- Imagine a true republic -- Never give up -- Aftermath
Control code
ocn959875270
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxii, 360 pages
Isbn
9780393609721
Lccn
2017000694
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393609721
  • (OCoLC)959875270
Label
Be like the fox : Machiavelli's lifelong quest for freedom, Erica Benner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-347) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The importance of good faith -- Take nothing on authority -- Do not be deceived by false glory -- Beware of doctors -- Have no fear of giants -- How to speak of princes -- Recover your freedom -- The way to paradise -- So blinded are you by present greed -- Build dykes and dams -- Fortune loves impetuous young men -- How to win -- Measure yourself and limit your hopes -- Be like the fox -- Simulate stupidity -- Imagine a true republic -- Never give up -- Aftermath
Control code
ocn959875270
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxii, 360 pages
Isbn
9780393609721
Lccn
2017000694
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780393609721
  • (OCoLC)959875270

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