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A Machiavelli for Our Times,
This review is from: The Intellectual: The Positive Power of Negative Thinking... (Hardcover)
At first I thought this book was going to be a piss-take, especially if you look at the way it's been marketed. However, it's really a very witty and serious defence of the intellectual in today's world. Fuller seems to be especially riled by the craven nature of academic life -- and how that stifles intellectual activity. He is also very hard on politicians (like Blair) who abdicate their intellectual responsibility, though Fuller is much softer on journalists.
The book features a very amusing and informative dialogue between 'The Intellectual' and 'The Philosopher', each of whom appears as the evil twin of the other.
The book ends with a FAQ section which really attempts to address the sorts of issues an aspiring intellectual might want to know about. Clearly, the life of the intellectual is not for the squeamish -- at least as Fuller portrays it -- but it's a life worth living.