Machiavelli by Miles J. Unger audiobook

Machiavelli: A Biography

By Miles J. Unger
Read by David Colacci

Blackstone Publishing 9781416556282
15.65 Hours Unabridged
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Niccolò Machiavelli is the most influential political writer of all time. His name has become synonymous with cynical scheming and the selfish pursuit of power, but the real Machiavelli, says Miles Unger, was a deeply humane and perceptive writer whose controversial theories were a response to the violence and corruption he saw around him. Machiavelli’s philosophy was shaped by the tumultuous age in which he lived, an age of towering geniuses and brutal tyrants. His first political mission was to spy on the fire-and-brimstone preacher Savonarola. He was on intimate terms with Leonardo and Michelangelo. As a diplomat, he matched wits with the corrupt Pope Alexander VI and his son, the infamous Cesare Borgia, whose violent career served as a model for The Prince. Analyzing their successes and failures, Machiavelli developed his revolutionary approach to power politics. His famous book is a guide that is based on the world as it is, not as it should be. Miles Unger has relied on original Italian sources as well as his own deep knowledge of Florence in writing this fascinating and authoritative account of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when he wrote it.

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Summary

Summary

Niccolò Machiavelli is the most influential political writer of all time. His name has become synonymous with cynical scheming and the selfish pursuit of power, but the real Machiavelli, says Miles Unger, was a deeply humane and perceptive writer whose controversial theories were a response to the violence and corruption he saw around him.

Machiavelli’s philosophy was shaped by the tumultuous age in which he lived, an age of towering geniuses and brutal tyrants. His first political mission was to spy on the fire-and-brimstone preacher Savonarola. He was on intimate terms with Leonardo and Michelangelo. As a diplomat, he matched wits with the corrupt Pope Alexander VI and his son, the infamous Cesare Borgia, whose violent career served as a model for The Prince. Analyzing their successes and failures, Machiavelli developed his revolutionary approach to power politics. His famous book is a guide that is based on the world as it is, not as it should be.

Miles Unger has relied on original Italian sources as well as his own deep knowledge of Florence in writing this fascinating and authoritative account of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when he wrote it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This is a superb biography, of interest to anybody…Unger is superb at providing context, so readers grasp how Machiavelli’s thinking was received during his lifetime, how it has been interpreted/misinterpreted through the centuries, and how it offers meaning in the twenty-first century.” USA Today
“Unger skillfully narrates the details of a life led during one of the greatest periods of artistic, political, and literary activity in Western history…[He] does a wonderful job of bringing Machiavelli to life.” New Republic
“A captivating biography of Italian philosopher and playwright Niccolò Machiavelli…[A] lively, well-researched portrait of a master political strategist.” Kirkus Reviews
“An excellent analysis of the influential thinker and his renowned writings.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Miles J. Unger

Author Bio: Miles J. Unger

Miles J. Unger writes on art, books, and culture for the Economist. Formerly the managing editor of Art New England, he was a contributing writer to the New York Times. He is the author of The Watercolors of Winslow Homer; Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de’ Medici; Machiavelli: A Biography; and Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 15.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English