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Machiavelli in Hell

Sebastian de Geazia

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ISBN 10: 0691055386 / ISBN 13: 9780691055381
Published by Princeton University Press, 1988
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Title: Machiavelli in Hell

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: HRD

Book Condition: Very Good

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The author presents a new Machiavelli for this biography that gives a sense of the Florentine thinker;s presence. After telling the story of Machiavelli's childhood and the period of personal crisis that followed his imprisonment and torture, the book turns to The Prince. Thenceforth the facts of biography -- home, journeys, fears and joys, works, friends, and loves -- weave in and out of the narrative as his ideas gather power and come together to form a unified vision of mankind and the world.


This intellectual biography of the 16th century Italian quotes exclusively from Machiavelli's own words rather than quoting others who commented upon him. In this way de Grazia, a professor at Rutgers, paints a colorful portrait of the man entirely in the context of his time. In The Prince Machiavelli had famously examined the dilemma of the ruler who must find a resolution between political necessity and ethical behavior. By thus inventing 'realpolitik' Machiavelli entered the language of political discourse, and got himself rather a bad name. De Grazia's book, which won a Pulitzer Prize, goes some way to rehabilitating him, suggesting that his immoral means were put to good political ends.

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