Machiavelli’s Children by Richard J. Samuels

Machiavelli’s Children: Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan by Richard J. Samuels
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Overview: Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on interviews and archival research in a fascinating series of paired biographies of political and business leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of modern nation-states after the Meiji Restoration and the Risorgimento, Samuels traces the developmental dynamic in both countries through the failure of early liberalism, the coming of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli’s Children include new accounts of the making of postwar Japanese politics―using American money and Manchukuo connections―and of the collapse of Italian political parties in the Clean Hands (Mani Pulite) scandal.

The author also tells the more recent stories of Umberto Bossi’s regional experiment, the Lega Nord, the different choices made by Italian and Japanese communist party leaders after the collapse of the USSR, and the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi and Ishihara Shintar on the contemporary right in each country.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Political History

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Machiavelli’s Children by Richard J. Samuels

Machiavelli’s Children: Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan by Richard J. Samuels
Requirements: .PDF reader, 12.5 Mb
Overview: Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on interviews and archival research in a fascinating series of paired biographies of political and business leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of modern nation-states after the Meiji Restoration and the Risorgimento, Samuels traces the developmental dynamic in both countries through the failure of early liberalism, the coming of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli’s Children include new accounts of the making of postwar Japanese politics―using American money and Manchukuo connections―and of the collapse of Italian political parties in the Clean Hands (Mani Pulite) scandal.

The author also tells the more recent stories of Umberto Bossi’s regional experiment, the Lega Nord, the different choices made by Italian and Japanese communist party leaders after the collapse of the USSR, and the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi and Ishihara Shintar on the contemporary right in each country.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Political History

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Machiavelli’s Children by Richard J. Samuels

Machiavelli’s Children: Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan by Richard J. Samuels
Requirements: .PDF reader, 12.5 Mb
Overview: Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on interviews and archival research in a fascinating series of paired biographies of political and business leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of modern nation-states after the Meiji Restoration and the Risorgimento, Samuels traces the developmental dynamic in both countries through the failure of early liberalism, the coming of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli’s Children include new accounts of the making of postwar Japanese politics―using American money and Manchukuo connections―and of the collapse of Italian political parties in the Clean Hands (Mani Pulite) scandal.

The author also tells the more recent stories of Umberto Bossi’s regional experiment, the Lega Nord, the different choices made by Italian and Japanese communist party leaders after the collapse of the USSR, and the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi and Ishihara Shintar on the contemporary right in each country.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Political History

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American Machiavelli by John Lamberton Harper

American Machiavelli: Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy by John Lamberton Harper
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Overview: Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was an illegitimate West Indian emigrant who became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. American Machiavelli focuses on Hamilton’s controversial activities as foreign policy adviser and aspiring military leader. In the first major study of his foreign policy role in 30 years, John Lamberton Harper describes a decade of bitter division over the role of the Federal government in the economy during the 1790s and draws parallels between Hamilton and the sixteenth century Italian political adviser, Niccolo Machiavelli. Harper provides an original and highly readable account of Hamiltonas famous clashes with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and his key role in defining the U.S. national security strategy. John Lamberton Harper is Professor of Foreign Policy and European Studies at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center. He is the author of America and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1945-1948 (Cambridge 1986), winner of the 1987 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies, and American Visions of Europe: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George F. Kennan, and Dean G. Asheson (Cambridge 1994), winner of the 1995 Robert Ferrell Prize from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The American Historical Review, The Journal of American History, The Times Literary Supplement and Foreign Affairs.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
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Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Machiavelli in just one hour. Niccolò Machiavelli’s work remains misunderstood – synonymous with wicked scheming and underhand politics – nearly 350 years after his death. His philosophy of statecraft was scientific and highly rational, leaving sentiment, and ultimately morality, to one side. His advice is as relevant to modern politics as it was during the Renaissance – and reflects many profound and disturbing truths about the human condition. This audiobook is an expert account of Machiavelli’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Machiavelli’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Machiavelli in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Machiavelli on Business by Stephen Brennan

Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power by Stephen Brennan
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Overview: Business Lessons from the Renaissance Master of Gaining and Maintaining Power

Generally considered the father of modern political science-and political ethics in particular-Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was a Renaissance Italian writer, philosopher, humanist, historian, politician, and diplomat. After his career in politics had ended, Machiavelli wrote a short treatise that is often considered his masterpiece but was not published until five years after his death. The Prince contains adages regarding politics, in particular, providing advice for gaining and maintaining power. While Machiavelli was writing primarily about political power, his philosophies have been adopted by business leaders and titans of industry-presidents, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and innovators-ever since. Also including excerpts from The Art of War, Discourses on Livy, and Machiavelli’s other works
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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TTC – Machiavelli in Context

TTC – Machiavelli in Context
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The Quotable Machiavelli


The Quotable Machiavelli
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The Quotable Machiavelli

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Introducing Machiavelli: A Graphic Guide

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