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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
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hardcover, good condition, rubs and stains on cover, 24.0x16.5cm, 497pp, dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # a21507

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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.

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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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