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The Essential Writings of Machiavelli (Modern Library Classics)

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FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE

In The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a comprehensive collection that shows the true depth and breadth of a great Renaissance thinker. Refreshingly accessible, these superb new translations are faithful to Machiavellis original, beautifully crafted writings.

The volume features essays that appear in English for the first time, such as “A Caution to the Medici” and “The Persecution of Africa.” Also included are complete versions of the political treatise, The Prince, the comic satire The Mandrake, The Life of Castruccio Castracani, and the classic story “Belfagor”, along with selections from The Discourses, The Art of War, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with useful features-vital and concise annotations and cross-references-this unique compendium is certain to become the standard one-volume reference to this influential, versatile, and ever timely writer.

“Machiavelli's stress on political necessity rather than moral perfection helped inspire the Renaissance by renewing links with Thucydides and other classical thinkers. This new collection provides deeper insight into Machiavellis personality as a writer, thus broadening our understanding of him.”

-Robert D. Kaplan, author of Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos 

“Constantines selection is not only intelligent; his translations are astonishingly good. Thoughtfully introduced by Albert Russell Ascoli, this edition belongs in everyones library.”

-John Jeffries Martin, professor and chair, department of history, Trinity University

“If one were to assign a single edition of Machiavelli's works, this most certainly would be it.”

-John P. McCormick, professor, department of political science, University of Chicago

About the Author

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence. He served the Florentine republic as secretary and second chancellor, but was expelled from public life when the Medici family returned to power in 1512. His most famous work, The Prince, was a written attempt to reingratiate himself with the Medicis and return to politics.

Peter Constantine is the recipient of a PEN Translation Prize and a National Translation Award. His Modern Library translations include Voltaires Canidide, Tolstoys The Cossacks, and Gogols Taras Bulba. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812974232
Author:
Machiavelli, Niccolo
Publisher:
Modern Library
Translator:
Constantine, Peter
Introduction by:
Ascoli, Albert Russell
Introduction:
Ascoli, Albert Russell
Introduction:
Ascoli, Albert R.
Editor:
Constantine, Peter
Author:
Constantine, Peter
Author:
Ascoli, Albert Russell
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Political ethics
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8 x 5.17 x 1.13 in 0.86 lb

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