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Niccolò Machiavelli lived in a fiercely aggressive international, 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 rate in their fellow voters. In instances like those, many appeared to crusading faith to resolve their difficulties, or they became to a brand new breed of leaders - super-rich dynasties just like the Medici or army strongmen like Cesare Borgia; upstarts from outdoors the previous ruling sessions. within the republic of Florence, Machiavelli and his contemporaries confronted a decision: may 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 neighbors and enemies, Erica Benner breathes existence into his penetrating, comical, frequently 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 real convictions, turning into a very good artist of fox-like dissimulation: a grasp of conceal in harmful times.
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Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom by Erica Benner