Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf Amazon.com
4,4 von 5 Sternen
W. Andrew Terrill
4,0 von 5 SternenFluent account of Machiavelli's life, times and struggles
12. Juni 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: TaschenbuchVerifizierter Kauf
This is an excellent introduction to Machiavelli's life and struggles, This study also addresses Machiavelli's political environment including the turmoil and shifting alliances of the numerous small Italian city-states as well at the external powers with military forces in Italy. The work further indicates some of the problems Machiavelli faced as a diplomat in France and elsewhere, where his native Florence was not taken particularly seriously due to its small size and lack of a standing army. These problems placed a premium on diplomatic skills and a solid understanding of the often brutal nature of inter-state relations, characteristics Machiavelli is known to have cultivated. The work also addresses factors that influenced some of Machiavelli's most firmly held convictions, such as the need to avoid depending on mercenaries to safeguard your city or country. Some of the mercenaries described in this book are nightmare figures, who no sane person would trust to do anything involving the safety of one's country. In this work, Machiavelli often appears as a pragmatic and patriotic problem solver in a brutal world, where political naivete and bad judgement can lead to the most horrifying results.
If you want a detailed analysis of Machiavelli and his work, this is not the book for you. If you want a brief, accessible introduction to the man and his life, then this will be a nice addition to your library. Personally, I tend to like detailed biographies that place the person in his or her context. But I also appreciate works such as this.
The narrative begins with Niccolo Machiavelli, age only 29 (young for the role he would play), becoming a player in Florence's political apparatus. He was a humanist, and had a good education when young. He came from a good family, albeit one that was not wealthy. Shortly after his accession to a good post, he became Second Chancellor. As a part of his position, he also was assigned diplomatic tasks.
He maintained this position until Florence was taken under the authority of the Medici family. In the process, Machiavelli lost his position (and may have been tortured in the process). The book portrays well the frustration Machiavelli felt, as he did many things to ingratiate himself with the powerful Medici family. Indeed, his famous "The Prince" was dedicated to a Medici. After, essentially, realizing that he would not soon regain his position, he began writing, whether histories, political analyses, or plays. Ironically, one of his plays was performed for the Pope (a Medici) and well appreciated by him.
The book continues by depicting his life, including a last moment opportunity to play the role of diplomat--with the backing of, you guessed it, the Medici family. One thing the book does nicely, even though it is rather superficial, is to demonstrate the crazy quilt pattern of shifting alliances. On his personal life, he was quite a pain to his wife (fidelity was not an attribute he displayed) and family, being gone, while a diplomat, a great deal of the time.
The last chapter does a serviceable job of putting Machiavelli in a larger context. The book is well written and well serves the purpose of an accessible, non-academic view of this famous philosopher, writer, and diplomat.
5,0 von 5 SternenDo you really want to understand THE PRINCE? Read this.
13. Januar 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
We are raised with THE PRINCE as a go to book on how to be a ruthless, totally success driven of MY needs book. It is not only a good tutorial, it is a good basis for evaluating a leaders actions. But how many of us know who Machiavelli was? Where did he get his great intuitiveness? This book does that. You see his challenges, training and application of this knowledge in a most formidable time in a most challenging era. After you read this, you'll have greater understanding and certainly more appreciation of his brilliance. Just as with Brunalessci and his Dome. A must read if you care about politics.
Well argued and very interesting take on 15 & 16th century Florence from a different perspective than we usually get- mostly of Medici rule. This was a very winningly to.d story about a politician we think we all know so well, but perhaps we don't.