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  • Miles J. Unger(Author)
  • Simon Spotlight Entertainment (6 July 2011)
  • English
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  • By Mrs. TK Ellis on 6 March 2013

    I've always been fascinated by Machiavelli and when I found this book I decided to give it a read. I was expecting to find the deeds of a corrupt and immoral individual catalogued on the pages but to my surprise I found an articulate, well researched and informative account of a man who was the complete opposite of all I had thought Machiavelli stood for.Miles Unger makes a good job of putting together his work on Machiavelli. The work is well put together and flows in an intelligent narrative. The author cleverly weaves in information about the political and historical background to set the scene and to set the actions Machiavelli took into the proper context.Miles Unger's greatest achievement is that he allows the reader to see Machiavelli as he was, and not as history and his critics remember him. The author does not paint over the flaws of his subject but shows the reader that Machiavelli was a man with his finger on the pulse. He understood more about the human condition and power than anyone else I can think of and he uses this to give his advice and to write many seminal works that stand the test of time even today.If there is one point of this book that I was not expecting was two rather long chapters in the book dedicated to a rather lengthy description of Machiavelli's "The Prince" and "The Discourses", and I found this rather odd for a biography. However, on reflection this was quite a good thing to do as it does help the reader understand more about the man, and I am hoping that it will help me when I finally get round to reading "The Prince".Overall, I would happily recommend this book. I must confess I do not usually find that my opinions of someone are so fully reversed from what I held as the truth, but this book has done this and done it in a very well presented way. I would highly recommend this book to all.

  • By claire biggs on 22 July 2013

    as described, a really good and very interesting read, was also a very good price and arrived promptly

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