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How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

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Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest statesman and orator, was elected to the Roman Republic's highest office at a time when his beloved country was threatened by power-hungry politicians, dire economic troubles, foreign turmoil, and political parties that refused to work together. Sound familiar? Cicero's letters, speeches, and other writings are filled with timeless wisdom and practical insight about how to solve these and other problems of leadership and politics. How to Run a Country collects the best of these writings to provide an entertaining, common sense guide for modern leaders and citizens. This brief book, a sequel to How to Win an Election, gathers Cicero's most perceptive thoughts on topics such as leadership, corruption, the balance of power, taxes, war, immigration, and the importance of compromise. These writings have influenced great leaders--including America's Founding Fathers--for two thousand years, and they are just as instructive today as when they were first written.

Organized by topic and featuring lively new translations, the book also includes an introduction, headnotes, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix containing the original Latin texts. The result is an enlightening introduction to some of the most enduring political wisdom of all time.

Synopsis:

"How to Win an Election was a delight--and How to Run a Country is even better. Cicero's acute observations about how to govern will resonate with everyone who recognizes that the tribalism, ideological extremism, and coarsened culture of politics today urgently need to change."--Norman J. Ornstein, coauthor of It's Even Worse Than It Looks

"Cicero's words live forever. In these carefully chosen and well-translated selections on leadership, classicist Philip Freeman offers an astute introduction to one of history's noblest minds."--Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership

About the Author

Philip Freeman is the editor and translator of "How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians" (Princeton) and the author of "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths", "Alexander the Great", and "Julius Caesar" (all Simon and Schuster). He received his PhD from Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

How to Run a Country 1

  • Natural Law 1

  • Balance of Power 4

  • Leadership 6

  • Friends and Enemies 16

  • Persuasion 24

  • Compromise 30

  • Money and Power 36

  • Immigration 43

  • War 46

  • Corruption 49

  • Tyranny 56

  • Cicero's Epilogue: The Fallen State 66

Latin Texts 68

Passages Translated 115

Glossary 121

Further Reading 131

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691156576
Author:
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Freeman, Philip
Author:
Cicero, Quintus Tullius
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
7 x 4.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "How to Win an Election was a delight--and How to Run a Country is even better. Cicero's acute observations about how to govern will resonate with everyone who recognizes that the tribalism, ideological extremism, and coarsened culture of politics today urgently need to change."--Norman J. Ornstein, coauthor of It's Even Worse Than It Looks

"Cicero's words live forever. In these carefully chosen and well-translated selections on leadership, classicist Philip Freeman offers an astute introduction to one of history's noblest minds."--Barry Strauss, author of Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership

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