Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom by Erica Benner

By Erica Benner

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Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely aggressive international, one the place brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self-promoters looked as if it would hold off all of the prizes; the place the rich elite grew richer on the cost in their fellow voters. In instances like those, many seemed to crusading faith to unravel their difficulties, or they grew to become to a brand new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties just like the Medici or army strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from outdoors the outdated ruling sessions. within the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries confronted a call: may still they capitulate to those new princes, or struggle to avoid wasting the city's democratic freedoms?

Be just like the Fox follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom via his personal eyes. Masterfully interweaving his phrases with these of his neighbors and enemies, Erica Benner breathes lifestyles into his penetrating, comical, frequently superb reviews on occasions. faraway from the cynical henchman humans imagine he used to be, Machiavelli emerges as his era's staunchest champion of liberty, a profound moral philosopher who refused to compromise his beliefs to slot corrupt occasions. yet he did occasionally need to masks his actual convictions, turning into an outstanding artist of fox-like dissimulation: a grasp of conceal in harmful times.

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