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By Niccolo Capponi

In this compelling new biography, historian Niccolò Capponi frees Machiavelli (1469–1527) from centuries of misinterpretation. Exploring the Renaissance urban of Florence, the place Machiavelli lived, Capponi finds the guy at the back of the legend. a fancy portrait of Machiavelli emerges—at as soon as a brilliantly skillful diplomat and a woefully inept liar; a pointy philosopher and an impractical dreamer; a hardnosed powerbroker and a risk-taking gambler; a calculating propagandist and an imprudent jokester.

Capponi’s intimate portrait of Machiavelli unearths his habit as completely un-Machiavellian, his imaginative and prescient of the area as constrained by means of his very provincial outlook. in any case, Machiavelli was once annoyed through his personal political mess ups and totally baffled by way of the luck of his booklet The Prince.

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