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Machiavelli: His Life and Times by Alexander Lee

Machiavelli: His Life and Times

Alexander Lee

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Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 19 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781447274995

A comprehensive, authoritative and highly original portrait of one of history's most unjustly infamous characters.

4 stars out of 5
22 Mar 2020

"This definitive study says Machiavelli was made by his brutal times"

Was he a realist? A cynic? A communist or a proto-fascist? Lee’s is a long, dense account of a fascinating man and a complex period, and for devotees only. Nevertheless, it will surely be the definitive book on Machiavelli for some years, and provides tough yet nourishing food for thought.

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4 stars out of 5
Michael Prodger
21 Mar 2020

"Alexander Lee’s weighty, impressively detailed biography"

As Alexander Lee’s weighty, impressively detailed biography makes clear, Machiavelli’s belief that realism trumps idealism was formed the hard way. He lived at a time when statesmanship and power politics were in a state of permanent flux, providing a stream of brutal real-life examples by which he could stress-test his theories.