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Machiavelli, Niccolo (Author) & Constantine, Peter (Translator). THE ESSENTIAL WRITINGS OF MACHIAVELLI. New York City, NY: Random House/Modern Library, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 516 pages. As New.

New translation of the author's major works. One of the most important literary and political events of the year 2007. Uncorrected Proof. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The number of copies is not specified, but it was extremely small. Published as a softcover original only as part of the "Modern Library Classics" Series. An austerely elegant production by Modern Library: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Text by Niccolo Machiavelli. Printed on pristine-white archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the key works of one of the greatest political thinkers of all time in Peter Constantine's robust yet elegant new translation. Many of the works appear in English for the very first time, more than 500 years later, and definitively show that Machiavelli's greatest achievement was literary (great writing, including fiction) as much as political (the penetrating analysis of power). Maligned throughout the ages as extolling an amoral political nihilism (he did not), Niccolo Machiavelli's place in the Western canon nevertheless remains secure with his still-provocative masterpiece, "The Prince", a blueprint for the republic (rather than monarchy, despite its title) as the most pragmatic and desirable political system, human nature being what it is. The greatest liberal thinker of our time, Lionel Trilling, regarded it as indispensable, and as strange as it may sound, the work of Hannah Arendt owes an immense debt to it. Brilliantly re-translated in its entirety, its insights remain not only relevant but unsurpassed to this day. "Peter Constantine has assembled a comprehensive collection that shows the true depth and breadth of a great Renaissance thinker. Refreshingly accessible, these superb new translations are faithful to Machiavelli's original, beautifully crafted writings. Features essays that appear in English for the first time such as 'A Caution to the Medici' and 'The Persecution of Africa'. Also included are complete versions of the comic satire, 'The Mandrake', 'The Life of Castruccio Castracani', and the classic story, 'Belfagor', along with selections from 'The Discourses', 'The Art of War', and 'Florentine Histories' " (Publisher's blurb). ?If one were to assign a single edition of Machiavelli's works, this most certainly would be it" (The University of Chicago). Machiavelli does not just resonate, he presses himself urgently upon us in a way that neither Leo Strauss (his modern counterpart), Henry Kissinger or the so-called neoconservatives ever could: The problem with Western, and specifically American, democracy (which is essentially the republic as he envisioned it) is not that it is too pragmatic and not moralistic enough. On the contrary, if it were more pragmatic (it is not pragmatic, for example, to go to war as a first resort and without an exit strategy) and less moralistic, which is not the same as being moral, it would be in a much better position to address the problems and needs of its long-suffering citizens. A magnificent opportunity to re-discover a truly great and visionary thinker, this is a "must-have" title for Niccolo Machiavelli, Modern First, and political philosophy collectors. This is an Uncorrected Proof, of which very few copies were issued. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings. This is the only Uncorrected Proof available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the world's greatest writer/thinkers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 0812974239. $150.00

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