Erica Benner

Erica Benner is a political philosopher and historian of ideas who has taught at Oxford, the LSE, and Yale. She has two earlier, acclaimed books on Niccolò Machiavelli, Machiavelli’s Ethics (Princeton 2009) and Machiavelli’s Prince: A New Reading (Oxford 2013), and a book on the history of nationalist thinking, Really Existing Nationalisms (Oxford 1995 and Verso 2018).

In 2017, Penguin Allen Lane published her Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli’s Lifelong Quest for Freedom. It was longlisted for the Historical Writers’ Non-Fiction Crown, chosen as a Guardian and Observer book of the year, and received glowing reviews in the US and in Italy, where its translation as Esser Volpe: Vita di Machiavelli was called ‘monumental – not to be missed.’ Her next book will be set during the Peloponnesian War.

Books by Erica Benner