The Resource Machiavelli : a biography, Miles J. Unger

Machiavelli : a biography, Miles J. Unger

Label
Machiavelli : a biography
Title
Machiavelli
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Miles J. Unger
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Subject
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Language
eng
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Review
  • Unger's (Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici ) portrait of the world's most notorious political philosopher strives to be a definitive biography. Like Maurizio Viroli (Niccol Ã2 's Smile ), Unger utilizes Machiavelli's correspondence to present a complex portrait, showing his subject in the varied public roles he played: civil servant, diplomat, political philosopher, and playwright. All of Machiavelli's writings are discussed and analyzed here. An astonishing number of people thread their way in and out of the narrative; Unger considerately offers a "Select Cast of Characters," although he regrettably fails to include a time line of key events. VERDICT Unger succeeds in presenting Machiavelli as a true Renaissance man. Both he and Viroli ponder Machiavelli's inner life, although Unger pays greater attention to The Prince . Those who have Viroli's book may consider Unger's an optional addition. It will appeal to readers of biography, history, and political science. [See Prepub Alert, 12/20/10.]— Sharon E. Reidt, Marlboro Coll. Lib., VT --Sharon E. Reidt (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 13, p105)
  • The story of the obscure civil servant who became the world's most famous cynic. Art historian and New York Times contributor Unger (Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici, 2008) offers a captivating biography of Italian philosopher and playwright NiccolÃ2 Machiavelli (1469–1527), whose classic book, The Prince, remains a definitive handbook for practicing politicians. Born into an old, down-on-its-luck family, Machiavelli grew up in the small, independent Republic of Florence at a time of peace and prosperity. The fabulously rich Medici family ruled; great artists like Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci flourished; and bright young Machiavelli, with little money or influence, came of age aimlessly, devoting his free time to reading, whores and gambling. Yet he was ambitious. At 29, he became Second Chancellor, serving as a diplomat and handling state correspondence for 14 years. Prickly and abrasive, he was dismissed in 1513 over policy decisions leading to the fall of the republic. With no means of supporting his wife and children, Machiavelli began writing his small book on the secrets of statecraft based on his own observations during government service. He hoped The Prince would lead to a new government job; instead, the book propelled him into political and literary history. Against the background of war and rivalries between Italian states, Unger traces the development of Machiavelli's cynical, secular, anti-clerical views, and examines the blunt precepts of his masterpiece that announced "the coming of the modern world." Shattering cherished assumptions about God-centered government, Machiavelli declared that rulers must rule by whatever means necessary. Now commonplace, his original, pragmatic insights simply stated what he called "the actual truth of things." Ironically, writes Unger, despite his disdain of honesty, he was actually "the most honest" and least Machiavellian of men. Lively, well-researched portrait of a master political strategist.  (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2011)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10009478
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Unger, Miles
Dewey number
  • 320.1092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • photographs
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Machiavelli, Niccolò
  • Statesmen
  • Intellectuals
  • Political scientists
  • Authors, Italian
  • Italy
  • Florence (Italy)
Target audience
adult
Label
Machiavelli : a biography, Miles J. Unger
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [353]-386) and index
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 400 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781416556282
Lccn
2010054130
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps, photographs
Label
Machiavelli : a biography, Miles J. Unger
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [353]-386) and index
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
x, 400 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781416556282
Lccn
2010054130
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps, photographs

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