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Niccolo's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli

Niccolo's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli
Author: Maurizio Viroli
ISBN 13: 9780374528003
ISBN 10: 374528004
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Publication Date: 2002-01-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $19.00

A vivid portrayal of the great Italian philosopher - now in paperback

In Niccolò's Smile, Maurizio Viroli brings to life the fascinating writer who was the founder of modern political thought. Niccolò Machiavelli's works on the theory and practice of statecraft are classics, but Viroli sugggests that his greatest accomplishment is his robust philosophy of life — his deep beliefs about how one should conduct oneself as a modern citizen in a republic, as a responsible family member, as a good person. On these subjects Machiavelli wrote no books: the text of his philosophy is his life itself, a life that was filled with paradox, uncertainty, and tragic drama.

Mark Lilla

Elegant and accessible . . . gracefulness has not been lost in Antony Shugaar s excellent translation . . . —The Washington Post Book World