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The People’s Princes: Machiavelli, Leadership and Liberty
John McCormick, University of Chicago

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Reading Machiavelli (Book)
Title: Reading Machiavelli
Author: John P. McCormick
Abstract: To what extent was Machiavelli a “Machiavellian”? Was he an amoral adviser of tyranny or a stalwart partisan of liberty? A neutral technician of power politics or a devout Italian patriot? A reviver of pagan virtue or initiator of modern nihilism? Reading Machiavelli answers these questions through original interpretations of Niccolò Machiavelli’s three major political works—The Prince, Discourses, and Florentine Histories—and demonstrates that a radically democratic populism seeded the Florentine’s scandalous writings. John McCormick challenges the misguided understandings of Machiavelli set forth by prominent thinkers, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau and representatives of the Straussian and Cambridge schools.
Year: 2018
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Publisher: Princeton University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780691183503
Copy sent to NEH?: No