Un t avec Machiavel

Titre : Un t avec Machiavel
Auteur : Patrick Boucheron
Éditeur : Des Equateurs
ISBN-13 : 9782849905050
Libération : 2017-05-11

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Chaque fois qu'une tempête s'annonce dans l'Histoire, on convoque Machiavel, car il est celui qui sait philosopher par gros temps. Avec verve et une savoureuse érudition, Patrick Boucheron nous éclaire sur cet éveilleur inclassable, visionnaire et brûlant comme un soleil d'été sur la terre toscane. Et avec lui, nous écoutons Machiavel, comme tous les autres avant nous, au futur. Chaque fois qu'une tempête s'annonce dans l'Histoire, on convoque Machiavel, car il est celui qui sait philosopher par gros temps. En effet, depuis sa mort en 1527, on ne cesse de le lire, et toujours pour s'arracher à la torpeur. Mais que sait-on de cet homme hormis le substantif inventé par ses contempteurs pour désigner cette angoisse collective, ce mal politique, le machiavélisme ? Né dans une république de princes, la Florence oligarchique de la Renaissance et de Savanarole, Machiavel est très tôt sensible à la politique. Premier secrétaire de la Seconde chancellerie, historien, dramaturge, poète, philosophe, politologue avant l'heure, admirateur des peintres, des ingénieurs, des médecins et des cartographes, incorrigible provocateur, Machiavel est surtout un très fin spectateur. En Europe, il voyage, scrute les rapports de force qui meuvent les hommes, renifle les remugles du pouvoir. Il s'étonne de voir, qu'en France, Louis XII tient son peuple d'une main de fer et que ce dernier ne l'en aime que davantage. Peu à peu, l'homme aiguise son style. Chez lui, tout est bon pourvu que l'on puisse exercer l'art du mot juste, " la vérité effective de la chose " : " L'amour est préférable, mais la force, parfois, inévitable ". La chance de Machiavel est d'avoir toujours été déçu par les hommes d'État qu'il a croisés sur son chemin. C'est pour cela qu'il a dû inventer son Prince de papier. Si le livre s'attache à dissocier l'action politique de la morale commune, la question demeure aujourd'hui encore de savoir, non pas pourquoi, mais pour qui écrit Machiavel. Pour les princes ou pour ceux qui veulent leur résister ? Et qu'est-ce que l'art de gouverner ? Est-ce celui de prendre le pouvoir ou celui de le conserver ? Qu'est-ce que le peuple ? Peut-il se gouverner lui-même ? Pensez-vous que les bonnes lois naissent de législateurs vertueux ? La fin peut-elle justifier les moyens ? Au-delà de conseils cyniques aux puissants, Machiavel s'interroge en profondeur sur l'idée de la souveraineté populaire car " le peuple connaît celui l'opprime ". Avec verve et une savoureuse érudition, Patrick Boucheron nous éclaire sur cet éveilleur inclassable, visionnaire et brûlant comme un soleil d'été sur la terre toscane. Et avec lui, nous écoutons Machiavel, comme tous les autres avant nous, au futur. Un été avec Machiavel est à l'origine une série d'émissions diffusées pendant l'été 2016 sur France Inter.

The Prince

Titre : The Prince
Auteur : Nicolo Machiavelli
Éditeur : Classic Books Publishing
ISBN-13 : 3941579258
Libération : 2009-01-22

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Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was originally written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. The treatise is not representative of the work published during his lifetime, but it is the most remembered, and the work responsible for bringing "Machiavellian" into wide usage as a pejorative term. It has also been suggested by some critics that the piece is, in fact, a satire.

La bataille oubli e

Titre : La bataille oubli e
Auteur :
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 2753551332
Libération : 2017-01-19

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Est-ce la faute à Marignan ? Sans doute : la victoire de François Ier sur les Suisses les 13 et 14 septembre 1515 semble avoir occulté celle que Louis XII remporta sur les Vénitiens à Agnadel le 14 mai 1509. Pourtant, Venise trembla et menaça alors de s'effondrer, et l'Europe toute entière résonna des échos mortels de cette bataille. Ce livre lève le voile sur un événement aujourd'hui le plus souvent relégué parmi la kyrielle des batailles secondaires des guerres d'Italie. On apprendra ainsi comment Venise la Républicaine devint, entre la fin du XVe et le début du XVIe siècle, la bête noire de toutes les grandes monarchies européennes ; on dénouera la complexité d'une propagande qui chercha à convaincre de l'inéluctabilité de la guerre ; on mesurera la richesse d'une littérature qui prit en charge le récit d'une actualité brûlante ; on apprendra comment on déclarait concrètement la guerre au début du XVIe siècle ; on suivra les développements d'une bataille qui fut d'abord une surprise pour les belligérants ; on saura comment Louis XII et les Vénitiens surent maîtriser les suites de la bataille, au point que cette dernière contribua à la fois à consolider l'image d'un Louis XII de justice et à élaborer une partie du mythe de Venise. Ce sont quelques-unes des nombreuses facettes d'un événement qui permet d'accéder à l'écheveau qu'était l'Europe au début du XVIe siècle.

Voltaire s Bastards

Titre : Voltaire s Bastards
Auteur : John Ralston Saul
Éditeur : Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13 : 9781476718934
Libération : 2012-12-25

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With a new Introduction by the author, this “erudite and brilliantly readable book” (The Observer, London) expertly dissects the political, economic, and social origins of Western civilization to reveal a culture cripplingly enslaved to crude notions of rationality and expertise. With a new introduction by the author, this “erudite and brilliantly readable book” (The Observer, London) astutely dissects the political, economic and social origins of Western civilization to reveal a culture cripplingly enslaved to crude notions of rationality and expertise. The Western world is full of paradoxes. We talk endlessly of individual freedom, yet we’ve never been under more pressure to conform. Our business leaders describe themselves as capitalists, yet most are corporate employees and financial speculators. We call our governments democracies, yet few of us participate in politics. We complain about invasive government, yet our legal, educational, financial, social, cultural and legislative systems are deteriorating. All these problems, John Ralston Saul argues, are largely the result of our blind faith in the value of reason. Over the past 400 years, our “rational elites” have turned the modern West into a vast, incomprehensible, directionless machine, run by process-minded experts—“Voltaire’s bastards”—whose cult of scientific management is empty of both sense and morality. Whether in politics, art, business, the military, entertain­ment, science, finance, academia or journalism, these experts share the same outlook and methods. The result, Saul maintains, is a civilization of immense technological power whose ordinary citizens are increasingly excluded from the decision-making process. In this wide-ranging anatomy of modern society and its origins—whose “pages explode with insight, style and intellectual rigor” (Camille Paglia, The Washington Post)—Saul presents a shattering critique of the political, economic and cultural estab­lishments of the West.

Fahrenheit 451

Titre : Fahrenheit 451
Auteur : Ray Bradbury
Éditeur : Simon and Schuster
ISBN-13 : 9780743247221
Libération : 1951

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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.

V for Vendetta

Titre : V for Vendetta
Auteur : Alan Moore
Éditeur : DC
ISBN-13 : 9781401236311
Libération : 2008-10-24

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"Alan Moore outdoes himself... Extraordinary ... a poetic celebration of the powers of the imagination." - Kurt Loder, MTV A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything, comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts in this gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Titre : Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Auteur : Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Éditeur : Routledge
ISBN-13 : 9781135070731
Libération : 2012-12-06

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‘I resolved to write a book which would create some stir in the world and continue to do after I had gone from it.’ - Choderlos de Laclos A great sensation at the time of first publication, Les Liaisons Dangereuses reads as much the most 'modern' of eighteenth-century novels. Viewed by some critics as a morality tale and others as a subtle inquiry into libertinism, it brilliantly depicts the foibles of the French aristocracy on the eve of the French Revolution. Renowned for its exploration of lust, revenge and human malice, and still carrying a tremendous power to shock, its adaptations for screen and stage have made its central characters notorious for their sophisticated and ultimately tragic games of seduction and manipulation.

Economix

Titre : Economix
Auteur : Michael Goodwin
Éditeur : Abrams
ISBN-13 : 9781613123690
Libération : 2012-09-01

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New York Times bestseller Stimulus plans: good or bad? Free markets: How free are they? Jobs: Can we afford them? Occupy Wall Street . . . worldwide! Everybody’s talking about the economy, but how can we, the people, understand what Wall Street or Washington knows—or say they know? Read Economix. With clear, witty writing and quirky, accessible art, this important and timely graphic novel transforms “the dismal science” of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what we’ve got . . . and sometimes what our neighbors have got. Economix explains it all, from the beginning of Western economic thought, to markets free and otherwise, to economic failures, successes, limitations, and future possibilities. It’s the essential, accessible guide to understanding the economy and economic practices. A must-read for every citizen and every voter. PRAISE FOR ECONOMIX “Goodwin brilliantly contextualizes economic theories with historical narrative, while Burr’s simple but elegant illustration employs classical techniques like caricaturing politicians and symbolizing big businesses (as a gleeful factory) to help the reader visualize difficult concepts.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “[Economix] brings a lively visual sensibility to this intensely abstruse subject matter without condescending to the reader or dumbing the ideas down.” —MotherJones.com “Flat-out awesome!” —Wired.com “This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issues—in this case, economics, history and finance—and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals.” —Miami Herald “After reading Economix I felt like I understood many fundamental aspects about the way the world works that I had been too lazy to learn about before . . . Economix is a book I’m going to buy and give to people.” —Boing Boing “Having never taken economics in college, I find the world of high finance needlessly complicated and confusing. Thankfully Michael Goodwin saw the need for a basic primary on how the economy currently works and how we got here. A text like this would certainly help high school and college students gain their first taste of financial literacy and it comes recommended for the rest of us.” —ComicMix.com “Just when the world seems to have fallen apart thanks to the economy, Goodwin and Burr’s Economix comes along to give us some understanding of the immense, yet still ‘delicate machine’ that controls our world so that we can be the rulers with our votes and not the uninformed (or disinformed) ruled.” —BigThink.com “Michael Goodwin hasn’t just written a great graphic novel—he’s written one that should be required for every school, newsroom and library in the United States.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune “It’s simply phenomenal. You could read ten books on the subject and not glean as much information.” — David Bach founder of FinishRich Media; author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire “Goodwin has done the seemingly impossible—he has made economics comprehensible and funny.” — Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power “An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information! What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject!” — John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man “Smart, insightful, clear, and as close to the truth as economics can get. The bonus: Who would have guessed that economics could be fun, and—here's the joy—really accessible? Goodwin roots us in history and fills us with common sense understanding. As he puts it early on, economics seems horribly complicated mostly because we're looking at it all at once. Broken down into its component pieces, it's relatively easy to understand. And a good understanding of economics is critical to maneuvering in the world today. If I were compiling a list of the 100 most important books you can read in a lifetime, this would be on it.” —Stephen Petranek, editor-in-chief, Weider History magazines, former editor-in-chief of Discover magazine “Through a potent mix of comics and punchy, concise, accessible prose, Goodwin takes us on a provocative, exhaustively researched, and exceedingly engaging trip through our history and present day, creating an alternately hilarious and scary picture of where we are today as an economy— and what it all means. More than that, Goodwin makes the arcane, understandable. If your mind either spins or slumbers at the thought of economics, read Goodwin's Economix and all will become clear. —Nomi Prins, author of It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions “Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems. Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview.” —Timothy W. Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University

The Reveries of the Solitary Walker

Titre : The Reveries of the Solitary Walker
Auteur : Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Éditeur : Hackett Publishing
ISBN-13 : 0872201627
Libération : 1992

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First published posthumously in 1782 from an unfinished manuscript, The Reveries of the Solitary Walker continues Rousseau's exploration of the soul in the form of a final meditation on self-understanding and isolation. This accurate and graceful translation by Charles Butterworth--the only English version based on Rousseau's original text--is accompanied by an interpretive essay, extensive notes, and a comprehensive index.

Those Terrible Middle Ages

Titre : Those Terrible Middle Ages
Auteur : Régine Pernoud
Éditeur : Ignatius Press
ISBN-13 : 0898707811
Libération : 2000

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As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages", the renown French historian, Regine Pernoud, gives the reader a refreshingly original perspective on many subjects, both historical (from the Inquisition and witchcraft trials to a comparison of Gothic and Renaissance creative inspiration) as well as eminently modern (from law and the place of women in society to the importance of history and tradition). Here are fascinating insights, based on Pernoud's sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general readers as well as a helpful resource for teachers. Scorned for centuries, although lauded by the Romantics, these thousand years of history have most often been concealed behind the dark clouds of ignorance: Why, didn't godiche (clumsy, oafish) come from gothique (Gothic)? Doesn't "fuedal" refer to the most hopeless obscurantism? Isn't "Medieval" applied to dust-covered, outmoded things? Here the old varnish is stripped away and a thousand years of history finally emerge -- the "Middle Ages" are dead, long live the Middle Ages!