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How to Choose a Leader : Machiavelli's Advice to Citizens (Hardcover) (Maurizio Viroli)

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One of the greatest political advisers of all time, Niccolò Machiavelli thought long and hard about how citizens could identify great leaders--ones capable of defending and enhancing the liberty and honor of their countries and ensuring the prosperity of their citizens. Drawing on the full range of the Florentine's writings, acclaimed Machiavelli biographer Maurizio Viroli gathers and interprets Machiavelli's timeless wisdom about choosing leaders. The brief and engaging result is a new kind ofPrince--one addressed to citizens rather than rulers and designed to make you a better voter.

Demolishing popular misconceptions that Machiavelli is a cynical realist, the book shows that he believes republics can't survive, let alone thrive, without leaders who are virtuous as well as effective. Among much other valuable advice, Machiavelli says that voters should pick leaders who put the common good above narrower interests and who make fighting corruption a priority, and he explains why the best way to recognize true leaders is to carefully examine their past actions and words. On display throughout are the special insights that Machiavelli gained from long, direct knowledge of real political life, the study of history, and reflection on the great political thinkers of antiquity.

Recognizing the difference between great and mediocre political leaders is difficult but not at all impossible--with Machiavelli's help. So do your country a favor. Read this book, then vote like Machiavelli would.

Number of Pages: 116
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Political Process / Elections, Civics + Citizenship, Political Process / Leadership
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Maurizio Viroli
Language: English
Street Date: April 26, 2016
TCIN: 50597818
UPC: 9780691170145
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-7046
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