Niccolo's Smile A Biography of Machiavelli

ISBN-10: 0374528004

ISBN-13: 9780374528003

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A vivid portrayal of the great Italian philosopher - now in paperback In Niccolograve;'s Smile, Maurizio Viroli brings to life the fascinating writer who was the founder of modern political thought. Niccolograve; Machiavelli's works on the theory and practice of statecraft are classics, but Viroli sugggests that his greatest accomplishment is his robust philosophy of life -- his deep beliefs about how one should conduct oneself as a modern citizen in a republic, as a responsible family member, as a good person. On these subjects Machiavelli wrote no books: the text of his philosophy is his life itself, a life that was filled with paradox, uncertainty, and tragic drama.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Maurizio Viroli is the author of numerous works in political theory and of a study of Machiavelli's political philosophy. A professor of politics at Princeton University, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Forli, Italy.

Author's Note
Chronology of Historical Events in Italy, 1494-1527
The Mask and the Face
Events That Left Their Mark
The Birth of the Republic and the Death of the Prophet
A Very Special Secretary
Broader Horizons
A Furious Wife and an Unsettling Duke
The Great Theater of Politics
History Teaches Those Who Wish to Learn
A Great Idea, Perhaps Too Great
The Envy of the Florentines and a Warrior Pope
The Mission to the Emperor's Court and the Conquest of Pisa
The Gathering Storm
The Death of a Republic
Tragedy and Laughter
To Seem Alive
The Prince and Niccolo's Love Affairs
The Comedy of Life
The Flavor of History
Stories of Monks, Hell, and Devils
Niccolo's Last Loves
In the Palazzo Vecchio and in the Field, for the Last Time
To Love One's Native City More Than One's Own Soul
Suggested Reading
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