Machiavelli himself was not in any way Machiavellian. He wasn't particularly good at the office politics in city government, nor advancing himself within the ranks, but he did give good advice. Don MacDonald saw in the story of Machiavelli's life the very vicissitudes he wrote about and debunks the common perception of the political philosopher.
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