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A great Course!!!
One of my favorites.
If you have an interest in political philosophy and political histories, you will find this eye opening!!
Everyone has heard Machiavellian to describe less than moral approaches to a given situation.
This course puts it in context.
Machiavelli disagreed with Cicero and Aristotle on the theory of rule. Instead, Machiavelli focused on what Princes did throughout history critiquing what worked and what did not work and why.
The real treasure was the Discourses on Livy and the analysis of the Roman republic. His insights are deep. I have found myself applying what Machiavelli has taught me to situations that we see today.
What I found surprising is that Machiavelli concluded that the best form of government is the republic and NOT a principality.
The presentation and story are excellent. Dr Cook is very enthusiastic and has a clear mastery of the subject material
I have listened to this twice and have ordered my own translation on the Discourses on Livy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Don't dismiss the man because of the popular perception. This is a fundamental course for anybody remotely interested in history and/or leadership of any kind. Something for the ages.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Awesome insight into machiavelli and who he was. Delivery was very good. Very thought provoking!
This unfolds into a great character study dotted all over with wonderful complex villains and flawed heroes, often in the same person too! There is an overarching kind of narrative that's all stitched together in the final few lectures that makes me feel like I would when watching The Wire. Don't know why but it is what it is. Try this one.