Machiavelli by Patrick Boucheron audiobook

Machiavelli: The Art of Teaching People What to Fear

By Patrick Boucheron
Translated by Willard Wood
Read by Mack Sanderson

Blackstone Publishing 9781590519523

Unabridged

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  • Available on 03/02/2021

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Runtime: 2.37 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor's Choice

In a series of poignant vignettes, a preeminent historian makes a compelling case for Machiavelli as an unjustly maligned figure with valuable political insights that resonate as strongly today as they did in his time.

Whenever a tempestuous period in history begins, Machiavelli is summoned, because he is known as one for philosophizing in dark times. In fact, since his death in 1527, we have never ceased to read him to pull ourselves out of torpors. But what do we really know about this man apart from the term invented by his detractors to refer to that political evil, Machiavellianism?

It was Machiavelli’s luck to be disappointed by every statesman he encountered throughout his life—that was why he had to write The Prince. If the book endeavors to dissociate political action from common morality, the question still remains today of, not why, but for whom did Machiavelli write this? Was it for princes or for those who want to resist them? Is the art of governing to take power or to keep it? And what is meant by “the people?” Can they govern themselves? Beyond cynical advice for the powerful, Machiavelli meditates profoundly on the idea of popular sovereignty because the people know best who oppresses them.

With verve and a delightful erudition, Patrick Boucheron sheds light on the life and works of this unclassifiable visionary, illustrating how we can continue to use him as a guide in times of crisis.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Boucheron argues provocatively for his relevance to our own times…‘to teach us to think in heavy weather.’ A penetrating portrait of a complex political thinker.”  Kirkus Reviews
“Boucheron isn’t interested simply in analyzing Machiavelli’s political thought. He also covers the era in which Machiavelli lived and wrote…He wanted to demonstrate that Machiavelli’s political thought is still relevant today as it clarifies that politics, and the world, are anything but neat and tidy.” Library Journal
“This wise, witty, razor-sharp anatomy of Machiavelli demonstrates why the most notorious thinker of the Renaissance is the perfect companion for our own time.” Stephen Greenblatt, New York Times bestselling author
“Patrick Boucheron has the talent of good teachers: he makes history accessible for everyone.” Le Monde (Paris)
“To reframe our understanding of Machiavelli, Mr. Boucheron asks, Who was he writing for?…If The Prince was meant to help ordinary people understand what their leaders were up to, then it is not a handbook for the power-crazed but a means of stopping them.” Wall Street Journal
Packed with insights into how Machiavelli has been construed and misconstrued down the ages and why his ideas still resonate so powerfully today…Boucheron’s book…reminds us that Machiavelli is no advocate of unbridled state violence.” Financial Times (London)
“Offers a knowing guide to Machiavelli’s life and work…Boucheron makes a clever case.” New York Times

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Author

Author Bio: Patrick Boucheron

Author Bio: Patrick Boucheron

Patrick Boucheron is a renowned French historian. He previously taught medieval history at the École normale supérieure and the University of Paris and is currently a professor of history at the Collège de France. He is the author of twelve books, including Machiavelli: The Art of Teaching People What to Fear, and the editor of five, including France in the World, which became a bestseller in France.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 2.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English