I feel sorry for Nicol Machiavelli for he was a bit of a fool During his life he made repeated political blunders betting several times on the wrong people Highly sophisticated his political thinking certainly was, but it did not match well enough his choices in life They attest a poor political intuition Out of the wide array of writings he has left us, the historical and political treatises have enjoyed the highest acclaim In particular The Prince became the bible for the politician for genera [...]
It was easy to find oneself on the wrong side of the ruler du jour in 16th century Italy, which was controlled by corrupt families and defended by contract soldiers whose loyalties were readily purchased Machiavelli ventured into this world with his diplomatic acumen, then, when he fell out of favor, turned his ambitious mind to brutal political writings, satirical plays and the occasional courtesan A theoretician of conspiracy and duplicity, he was also a brilliant observer of his times Sympath [...]
Before reading this biography, I knew the Machiavellian personas of The Prince and Renaissance drama, and I was also aware that the real Machiavelli was a multi talented statesman who wasn t nearly as villainous as his later reputationbut that was about it I had no idea that he wrote bawdy poetry and plays, that he created and trained a ultimately unsuccessful citizen militia, that he was imprisoned and tortured, that he wrote the Prince after his forced retirement, or that he had a wife and sev [...]
Pasteurisiert mit 5 von 5 Sternen Die Biographie des Menschen, der die Macht analysierte.Ross King erz hlt lebendige Geschichte Spannend und kompetent schreibt er aus dem Leben Niccol Machiavellis, der als Diplomat unterwegs, als vermeintlicher Verschw rer eingekerkert und gefoltert und als Autor frivoler Theaterst cke und umstrittener Texte, i.e Il Principe Der F rst , weltber hmt ber chtigt wurde.In der Zeit Machiavellis Aktivit ten 1498 1527 gab es in Italien pausenlos Kriege und Fehden Die H [...]
What else can I say about Ross King s books that I haven t said already This book, like his others, was an interesting and exciting read I continue to be amazed at the author s detailed research, his ability to discern fact from fiction, and present the facts in a comprehensive manner that tells the whole story of the subject, their work, and the world around them.
Interesting new perspective on Machiavelli as a fun loving guy, who simply observed and wrote about the tactics of the powerful political personages of the day Some amusing anecdotes about the long running attempts of the Florentines to subjugate the Pisans via some hilariously creative, yet ultimately doomed methods.
This an enjoyable and easy read considering the complicated history of renaissance Italy I would high recommend it to anyone interested in this period or the genesis of the end justifies the means mantra.
A Fascinating book about a very misunderstood man The Prince didn t even come out until about 200 years after his death, in fact when he was alive, few people even knew about it He was better know for being a lower tier politician and a play write than anything else Very intersting
Solid, well written and concise, virtues similar to those of King s books about Michelangelo and Brunelleschi However, those two dudes were hugely talented and interesting than Machiavelli, so the book about the latter ends up being on the dull side.
Another interesting insight in the the era of da Vinci, Michelangelo and Machiavelli and renaissance Florence Machiavelli was not at all what I expected considering his reputation for writing The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli was a true Renaissance Man according to this volume It is sized in such a way that it is shorter than it seems at first glance Thus, it is simple to plow through it in a single sitting Machiavelli s most famous work is also his most controversial In advising Princes to ignore ethics and morality in their dealings with other nations earned him a name synonymous with evil and duplicity.Ross King s main thesis of this book is to explore the life and times of Machiavelli in order [...]
This is a good companion book to the Great Course on Machiavelli by Dr Bill Cook It supplies quite a bit historical information from letters and such so that you understand the times and the political players better In particular I appreciated the dozen years or so when Machiavelli was working in different political roles prior to writing The Prince You can see where his experience informs his writing I was less interested in Machiavelli the bawdy playwright, although he was known for that dur [...]
Good as a historic document of Renaissance era Politics on the Italian peninsula, however not the definitive Bible of power politics which many attribute to the book Nonetheless very entertaining to read I would also recommend readers to study the context in which Machiavelli wrote this book as well as the general nature of Florentine politics and society.
The Prince, Niccol Machiavelli s handbook on power how to get it and how to keep it has been enormously influential in the centuries since it was written, garnering a heady mixture of admiration, fear, and contempt Its author, born to an established middle class family, was no prince himself Machiavelli 1469 1527 worked as a courtier and diplomat for the Republic of Florence and enjoyed some small fame in his time as the author of bawdy plays and poems Upon the Medici s return to power, however, [...]
This is a nice biography for those with a passing interest in Machiavelli, or for those who ve been exposed to him via other disciplines Classics, myself but feel like they d like a stronger grasp on who he was The writing is good and the scholarship seems solid, although the lack of citations and footnotes probably has to do with the restrictions of the type of book the Eminent Lives bios are designed to be quick introductions , rather than a reflection on the author s abilities his other book [...]
I was drawn to this work as I am a fan of Ross King s popular histories This is not King s best work, as he seemed constrained to a point by the editorial requirements of the publishers It s not, however, a bad introduction to Macchiavelli, a quick read, and from it I learned several things a bit about The Prince, and that he wrote to my mind interesting work in that subject area I was pleased that King mentioned his plays, one of which, Mandragola The Mandrake is one of the best plays of the [...]
I think Machiavelli s writings have been taken much too seriously I think he wanted to be part of the In crowd the Medici family, the pope, or a combination of the two So he wrote whatever he thought would gain him entrance into the rarefied corridors of power I think he really had no idea what he was talking about His treatises on warfare combat were outdated even before they were printed I think he just wanted 1 to make some money 2 to be somebody It makes me laugh that so many world leaders H [...]
Interesting insight into the life and times of Niccolo, specifically covering the formative experiences which led him to develop his analysis of power politics The book is best for its anecdotes, including one point where Machiavelli is momentarily given command of one of the best fighting forces in Italy, with instructions to parade them Laughing at the resulting chaos, the general whose troops had been borrowed remarked Machiavelli is good at writing about things, whilst I am good at doing the [...]
Interesting and concise biography on one of the most unfairly reviled political players of Florence.King paints Machiavelli in an even light clearly defining both his skills and his faults Was great to read that Machiavelli had a humorous, tawdry side to his personality as well as being a serious philosopher of state craft.The conclusion was a satisfying round up of how Machiavelli has been portrayed throughout history and even mentions some important political figures over the centuries who hav [...]
For what it is, this is a fine volume I prefer, I must confess, longer biographies But this is meant as a brief introduction to an important thinker, part of the Eminent Lives series.This book follows Machiavelli s career, from a successful career as a diplomat to an outcast, as power positions changed, to at the end of his life something of a player again.The book considers some of his major works plays and political tracts, although I wish that there were detail on both fronts.In the final an [...]
After reading this book , I was able to see Machiavelli and his book The Prince in a new light Was he an enlightened political player or merely a disillusioned scholar After reading this masterpiece , one can begin to appreciate all the facets of Machiavelli s character and how it is mirrored in the later s various endeavors be it in literature or statecraft A tome worth your time and a book worthy of its space in any library.
I am a big fan of Ross King s books but this book is a different genre It is one in a series of short biographies of famous people written by several different authors I suspect King did as much as he could within the scope of the task set for him, but it is not nearly as fascinating to read as the other Ross King books I have read I did, however, come away with a much better appreciation of the times in which Machiavelli lived and his motivation for writing The Prince among other books.
Ross King is one of the finest young historical writers I ve read to date Although I didn t walk away loving Machiavelli, this piece truly enhanced my understanding of the fickle nature of 15th and 16th century Florentine politics A chilling parallel can be made to the equivocation and stubbornness of our own modern day U.S governments I added that last part Much love to Ross King.
This short bio reveals Machiavelli to be a true character with many quirks, gifts and failings, and in general to be much endearing than his Prince inspired reputation allows His life was peopled with a Who s Who of famous Florentines, so the setting of his bio is at least as interesting as his personality.
This is a well written, engaging biography The author does a very good job of providing the interpretations of others of Machiavelli s works and characters alongside his own.The book is also a solid source of information on the political landscape of early 16th century Italy since so much of Machiavelli s life revolved around the rulers of that time.