Machiavelli: A Biography


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Simon & Schuster
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Miles J. Unger, a contributing writer to The New York Times and former managing editor of Art New England, is an art historian and the author of Magnifico, a biography of Lorenzo de'Medici. He lives in Massachusetts.


"A captivating biography of Italian philosopher and playwright Niccolo Machiavelli. . . . Lively, well-researched portrait of a master political strategist."

--"Kirkus Reviews "
"Unger skillfully narrates the details of a life led during one of the greatest periods of artistic, political, and literary activity in Western history. . . . [He] does a wonderful job of bringing Machiavelli to life."

--Alan Wolfe, "The New Republic

"This is a superb biography, of interest to anybody -- not just management consultants -- trying to get along in the contemporary world. . . . Unger is superb at providing context, so readers grasp how Machiavelli's thinking was received during his lifetime, how it has been interpreted/misinterpreted through the centuries, and how it offers meaning in the 21st century."

--Steve Weinberg, "USA Today

"Excellent. . . . wonderfully readable."

--Jessica Warner, "National Post"
"A wonderful biography. . . . Unger includes details you didn't hear in World History 101, details that make fascinating reading and should put the book on the list of any history buff."

--John Monaghan, "The Providence Journal-Bulletin

"For most people, 'Machiavellian' means ruthless, the application of power without remorse. Thanks to a fascinating portrait by Miles J. Unger, the real Machiavelli comes across the centuries as something more: a man with whom many of us might like to spend a few hours in rich conversation."

--Repps Hudson, "St. Louis Post-Disptach

"An excellent analysis of the influential thinker and his renowned writings."


"A thoughtful and well-informed study of the life of the Florentine diplomat and government bureaucrat. . . . Unger presents a side of the cynical and jaded diplomat rarely known by even those who had read Machiavelli's notorious collection of practical and often amoral advice to the prospective ruler."

--Karl Rove