How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli's Advice to Citizens


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5.2 X 0.8 X 7.2 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Maurizio Viroli is professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University, professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin, and professor of political communication at the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. His many books include Niccolรฒ's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli (Hill & Wang) and Redeeming The Prince: The Meaning of Machiavelli's Masterpiece (Princeton).


"Niccolรฒ Machiavelli was not only an adviser to princes; he was also, and more importantly, an adviser to citizens. Maurizio Viroli has collected, explained, and elucidated some of the best examples of Machiavellian advice. Be sure to read this book before you go to the polls."--Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study
"In this book we see the depth of understanding, the freshness of insight, the vividness of prose, and the convincing power of argument that have made Maurizio Viroli the preeminent critic of Machiavelli of my generation."--Philip Bobbitt, author of The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made
"A pleasure to read, this timely and enlightening book will be of great use to today's voters. Maurizio Viroli, one of the very best interpreters of Machiavelli in the world, presents a wise portrait of Machiavelli's work, showing that he wasn't a 'teacher of evil' but rather a great political thinker with much to say about the issues facing citizens today."--Peter Bondanella, editor and translator of The Prince
"Voters of all persuasions will find much here to confirm their convictions. . . . Machiavelli wanted to make his country great again, but greatness should have nothing to do with vanity or cruelty. Viroli offers a timely reminder of his thought."---Raphael Hogarth, Times Literary Supplement
"As Maurizio Viroli makes clear in his short, sharp, and sobering How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli's Advice to Citizens, the GOP's presidential nominee would have horrified the Florentine political thinker--not because he has grasped Machiavelli's advice--he hasn't--but because he scorns Machiavelli's values."---Robert Zaretsky, Los Angeles Review of Books
"A good book for an election year."--Choice
"How to Choose a Leader is a kind of Copernican Revolution regarding Machiavelli's perspective and objectives. It is a project anything but easy, since one must not only have mastered Machiavelli's thought, but also have a good understanding of American history to grasp the examples supporting the Counselor's advice. Maurizio Viroli, it must be noted, has done a great job."---Michalis Katsimitsis, The Historical Review
"A commendable work by author Maurizio Viroli on the traits that citizens should look for when choosing a leader."---Ibrahim Mukhtar, Insight Turkey
"Extremely prescient and pertinent. . . . The volume's novelty lies not in its interpretation of Machiavelli's work--his reputation among academics has long been at odds with the public perception--but rather in how this work is presented as being directly relevant to the electors in a modern mass democracy such as the US. In this respect, How to Choose a Leader is a work that discerning voters would be wise to consult before making their choices in future elections."---Peter J. Josse, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice