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Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), a lawyer and politician, was quite possibly the most famous French epicure and gastronome of all. Here he discourses on the pleasures of the table. His reputation was revitalized by his influence over Chairman Kaga of the TV series Iron Chef which introduced to millions the mot "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." He is often considered the father of the low-carbohydrate diet.
The Praise of Folly is considered one of the most influential works of literature in Western civilization and one of the catalysts of the Protestant Reformation. It starts as a piece of virtuoso foolery but then moves into some darker orations praising self-deception and madness. Published in 1511, Folly's influence echoed down the subsequent centuries and in part spawned the art of adoxography, the praise of worthless subjects.
"It is best to be both feared and loved, however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved." Politics without ethics? Doing whatever it takes to gain power? Machiavelli puts forward some thought provoking political ideas and tactics for a prince interested in gaining or maintaining power. The Prince is widely regarded as one of the most influential books on politics. One of Machiavelli's most remembered works.
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