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Machiavelli: Good guy or bad? This biography argues for the former

"Be Like the Fox" can be read by anyone interested in the craft of politics and the life of ideas

Edmund Fawcett | NYT 

Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli’s Lifelong Quest for Freedom By Erica Benner 360 pp. W. W. Norton & Company. $27.95 It is January 1506. Niccolo Machiavelli is out in the Tuscan countryside recruiting for a Florentine militia. Like other Italian cities caught in the Franco-Spanish struggle for Italy, Florence is an underdefended pawn. Time presses and Machiavelli’s efforts are not going well. A reluctant peasant worries that if he gives his name for soldiering, the city will dun him for taxes. Others refuse to parade with recruits from the ...

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 13:54 IST