Be Like the Fox by Erica Benner is a brilliant book about the life of the Italian diplomat Niccolò Machiavelli. Although it’s written as a novel, it reads more like nonfiction than fiction. If you’re interested in Machiavelli and his thought, and the tempestuous country and times he lived in, you’ll find it unputdownable. It was one of our 2018 editors’ picks.
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