Be Like the Fox

Machiavelli's Lifelong Quest for Freedom

Erica Benner

GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017
LONGLISTED FOR THE HISTORICAL WRITERS' ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION CROWN 2017

'A ripping read ... fascinating, charming, enjoyably unorthodox' Daily Telegraph

Was Niccolò Machiavelli really the cynical schemer of legend - or was he a profound ethical thinker, who tried to save the democratic freedom of Renaissance Florence as it was threatened by ruthless dynasties? This revelatory biography shows us a man of fox-like dissimulation: a master of disguise in dangerous times.

'A gripping portrait of a brilliant political thinker, who understood the dangers of authoritarianism and looked for ways to curb them' The New Yorker

'Compelling ... this unconventional biography questions whether the philosopher deserves his reputation as an advocate for tyranny' Julian Baggini, Financial Times

  • Penguin
  • Published 2nd March 2017
  • 384 Pages
  • £9.99