Books: Power Politician

ACCENT ON POWER—Valeriu Marcu—Farrar & Rinehart ($3).

Few people know much about Machiavelli except that he sired the sinister adjective Machiavellian. Even those who know a little more differ widely about him. Some, like Ralph Roeder (The Man of the Renaissance), consider Machiavelli an Italian patriot and his Prince a kind of Mein Kampf of Italy's struggle for unity. Others, like Author Valeriu Marcu, consider Machiavelli a single-track political mind whose curious obsession with the pure mechanics of power is his first-class ticket to genius.

Even the Prince does not really settle these differences,...

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