Statue of Machiavelli outside the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
The life and thought of Niccolò Machiavelli has been badly misunderstood, argues historian Erica Benner. Far from his usual depiction as a politically amoral henchman, Machiavelli was in fact a prescient critic of princely power and religious zealotry. He lived the problems of government and fought to change a corrupt world.
Lewis H. Lapham talks to Erica Benner, author of Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli in His World.
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