How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, 2013 - History - 132 pages
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Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest statesman and orator, was elected to the Roman Republic's highest office at a time when his beloved country was threatened by power-hungry politicians, dire economic troubles, foreign turmoil, and political parties that refused to work together. Sound familiar? Cicero's letters, speeches, and other writings are filled with timeless wisdom and practical insight about how to solve these and other problems of leadership and politics. How to Run a Country collects the best of these writings to provide an entertaining, common sense guide for modern leaders and citizens. This brief book, a sequel to How to Win an Election, gathers Cicero's most perceptive thoughts on topics such as leadership, corruption, the balance of power, taxes, war, immigration, and the importance of compromise. These writings have influenced great leaders--including America's Founding Fathers--for two thousand years, and they are just as instructive today as when they were first written.


Organized by topic and featuring lively new translations, the book also includes an introduction, headnotes, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and an appendix containing the original Latin texts. The result is an enlightening introduction to some of the most enduring political wisdom of all time.


  

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Review: How to Run a Country: An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

User Review  - Joshua - Goodreads

A short read...excellent insights. Would love to read more of his writings Read full review

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Quick read, totally enjoyable. Nice to know someone else had problems with bad politicians in their time. Read full review

Contents

How to Run a Country
1
Balance of Power
4
Leadership
6
Friends and Enemies
16
Persuasion
24
Compromise
30
Money and Power
36
Immigration
43
Corruption
49
Tyranny
56
The Fallen State
66
Latin Texts
68
Passages Translated
115
Glossary
121
Further Reading
131
Copyright

War
46

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

Philip Freeman is the editor and translator of "How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians" (Princeton) and the author of "Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths", "Alexander the Great", and "Julius Caesar" (all Simon & Schuster). He received his PhD from Harvard University and holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

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