By Erica Benner
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Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely aggressive global, one the place brute wealth, brazen liars and ruthless self-promoters appeared to hold off all of the prizes; the place the rich elite grew richer on the fee in their fellow voters. In occasions like those, many appeared to crusading faith to resolve their difficulties, or they grew to become to a brand new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties just like the Medici or army strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from open air the previous ruling periods. within the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries confronted a decision: should still they capitulate to those new princes, or struggle to save lots of the city's democratic freedoms?
Be just like the Fox follows Machiavelli's dramatic quest for political and human freedom via his personal eyes. Masterfully interweaving his phrases with these of his buddies and enemies, Erica Benner breathes existence into his penetrating, comical, usually magnificent reviews on occasions. faraway from the cynical henchman humans imagine he was once, Machiavelli emerges as his era's staunchest champion of liberty, a profound moral philosopher who refused to compromise his beliefs to slot corrupt instances. yet he did occasionally need to masks his precise convictions, changing into a very good artist of fox-like dissimulation: a grasp of conceal in risky times.
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Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom by Erica Benner