A bit of a different choice, here. It’s a work of biography which may appeal to those who enjoyed Wolf Hall for the fresh perspective it gave them on a controversial historical figure.
Thomas Cromwell lived in Florence at the time of Niccolò Machiavelli, the Italian diplomat and philosopher, and was well acquainted with his work. (In Wolf Hall, we see him reading The Prince in “a Latin edition, shoddily printed in Naples, which seems to have passed through many hands.”)
But Machiavelli has been somewhat unfairly maligned when his work is seen as a whole and in context. Like Cromwell, he was an ambitious man with a strong sense of realpolitik. Erica Benner’s eminently readable biography Be Like the Fox offers excellent insight into his life and work. Five Books’ editor Sophie Roell selected it as one of the best nonfiction books of 2018: “Niccolò comes across as such an enthusiastic, principled, humorous character; it’s hard not to find him immensely likeable as you live through the ups and downs of his life with him,” she added, noting that she particularly admired how Benner interwove direct quotes from Machiavelli himself into the interpretative text.
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