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Annotation:Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.
Annotation:"Miles Unger has relied on original Italian sources as well as his own deep knowledge of Florence in writing this fascinating and authoritative account of a genius whose work remains as relevant today as when he wrote it." - Simon & Schuster
Annotation:"Strathern... does for Machiavelli and da Vinci what he does for Borgia: creates a flesh-and-blood portrait for each that defies historical stereotype. Using his novelist's eye and a historian's sweep, Strathern conveys the emotional subtleties that animated their lives." - Washington Post
Annotation:"the historically electrifying idea of Roger D. Master's ''Fortune Is a River'' is that Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli collaborated on a ''magnificent failure'' that would have reshaped history, had their project been a success." - NY Times
Annotation:"Ross King, the New York Times bestselling author of Brunelleschi’s Dome, argues that the author of The Prince was a far more complex and sympathetic character than is often potrayed." - Amazon
Annotation:"Bridging the fields of military history and the history of technology—and challenging past assumptions about Europe's "gunpowder revolution"—Hall discovers a complex and fascinating story. " - Good Reads
Annotation:"a concise yet intricately woven tale about the origins of modern thinking. Manchester shows us the evolution of society as it emerges, battered and bloody, from the darkness of the early Middle Ages and moves toward the enlightenment of the Renaissance. " - Epinions