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The Artist, The Philosopher, And The Warrior: The Intersecting Lives Of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, And Borgia And The World They Shaped (2009)

by Paul Strathern(Favorite Author)
3.84 of 5 Votes: 2
0553807528 (ISBN13: 9780553807523)
review 1: This is a very interesting book looking at the lives of Leonarda Da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli and Cesare Borgia and how they intersected.It's a very interesting book and I learned much about all three men that I had not previously known.Well written and erudite, the author does repeat himself on a number of occasions, which is slightly annoying. Because we've been told what happened when the spotlight was on Machiavelli doesn't mean we need it repeated when the light switches to Leonardo or Cesare. That is the only this that stops this from being a 5 star read in my book.
review 2: For a few months at the end of 1502 three great figures of the Italian Renaissance, Cesare Borgia, Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli “journeyed alongside one another thr
... moreough the mountains of the Italian Romagna”. Borgia was on one of his many campaigns, Leonardo was supervising various military and engineering defense works for him, and Machiavelli was present as a Florentine envoy.From this very brief alignment of “stars”, Strathern uses a lot of conjecture and supposition to create a 400 page “history” whose premise is questionable at best. There’s no natural narrative here and it just doesn’t come off. Strathern should have written a different book, one simply about Cesare Borgia, Leonardo, or Machiavelli. less
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Interesting look at how the three men lives intersected and effected each other.
Interesting but the not the "easiest" reading. :) (2.5/5)
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