Discover the real Machiavelli through this nonfiction novel based on the life of the man whose name has, perhaps wrongly, become synonymous with immoral abuse of power.This epic piece of storytelling brings the world of 15th-century Italy to life as it traces Machiavelli's rise from young boy to controversial political thinker.
Joseph Markulin (Roxbury, NY) is a former professor of Italian and Comparative literature with a specialization in Medieval and Renaissance studies. After a brief but brilliant academic career, including publications ranging from Dante, Boccaccio, and Machiavelli to Fellini and contemporary Italian cinema, Markulin joined the fast-moving, not to say Machiavellian, world of public relations. He has worked for various corporate executives as a speechwriter and has ghostwritten articles and op-ed pieces that have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. He currently lives in New York's Catskill Mountains where he raises organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, and chickens.
""Frequently delightful..." --Wall Street Journal "An enjoyable romp through a fascinating period in European history." --Booklist