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Machiavelli's Daring 'Gift' - WSJ.com
AUG. 30, 2008 | WSJ | by WILLIAM AMELIA. Reviews Machiavelli's
daring 'gift of counsel' , 'The Prince' , which over the years, has
elicited 'admiration, fear and contempt'. "The Prince is a classic
handbook on power politics and the guide to gaining and maintaining that
power. The book dismisses the then-commonplace view that there is a
special connect between moral goodness and legitimate authority -- that,
"Rulers did well when they did good. When they were virtuous and moral
they were, in turn, obeyed and respected." In "The Prince," Machiavelli
urged rulers not to follow convention, but to understand fully the
nature of the people, to sense change and move with the times, to see
the new politics, the nuovi modi et ordini -- the new order -- both
global and local. Machiavelli last great work was, "Florentine
Histories," totally modern in concept, is widely considered a literary
masterpiece. he also penned, "The Art of War" which was his only work
published during his lifetime.
William_Amelia  Renaissance  book_reviews  new_rules  Niccolò_Machiavelli  primers  books  advice  political_power  leaders 
november 2009 by jerryking
Contemporary 'Courtier' - WSJ.com
JULY 14, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | By WILLIAM AMELIA.
Comments on Baldissare Castiglione's Renaissance handbook of manners is a
timeless document. The Courtier".
Renaissance  etiquette  book_reviews  William_Amelia  royal_courts 
november 2009 by jerryking
William Amelia on Gogol's Masterpiece The Overcoat - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by WILLIAM AMELIA.
Reviews Russian novelist Nikolai Vassilyevich Gogol's (1809-1852) "The
Overcoat," --the last story that Gogol wrote.
Russian  literature  book_reviews  William_Amelia 
october 2009 by jerryking

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