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By Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Cicero, Rome's maximum statesman and orator, used to be elected to the Roman Republic's maximum place of work at a time whilst his liked state was once threatened via power-hungry politicians, dire fiscal problems, overseas turmoil, and political events that refused to interact. Sound known? Cicero's letters, speeches, and different writings are choked with undying knowledge and useful perception approximately easy methods to remedy those and different difficulties of management and politics. tips on how to Run a rustic collects the easiest of those writings to supply an enjoyable, good judgment advisor for contemporary leaders and voters. This short publication, a sequel to How to Win an Election, gathers Cicero's such a lot perceptive techniques on themes similar to management, corruption, the stability of strength, taxes, conflict, immigration, and the significance of compromise. those writings have inspired nice leaders--including America's Founding Fathers--for thousand years, and they're simply as instructive this present day as once they have been first written.

equipped by means of subject and that includes energetic new translations, the ebook additionally comprises an advent, headnotes, a thesaurus, feedback for extra analyzing, and an appendix containing the unique Latin texts. the result's an enlightening advent to a few of the main enduring political knowledge of all time.

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Gentlemen of the jury, I don’t deny that preserving the safety of our state is a steep, difficult, and dangerous path to tread. I would be lying if I said I haven’t known and experienced the perils of this road more than most. The forces that attack our Republic are greater than those that defend her. Reckless and desperate men need only a small push to urge them to move against our country. But unfortunately, decent people are usually slow to act and ignore 11 H O W T O R UN A CO UN T RY dangers until a crisis erupts.

But the most powerful man in Rome was Pompey, who had earned all the glory and honor heaped on him by the greatest service to the state and by his military victories. I had supported him since I was a young man and also when I served as praetor and consul. He in turn supported me with his advice and voice in the senate, just as you did, helping me to achieve my own goals. I also had the same enemy in Rome as he did.  . 32 H O W T O R UN A CO UN T RY So now you know my reasons for defending their cases and causes and why I conducted politics the way I did.

I have always desired to be your friend and have tried to make you understand that our relationship means the world to me. My warm feelings for you have not changed and will not change, as long as you wish. Because of my affection for you, I would much rather abandon my quarrel with your brother than allow my disagreement with him to damage our friendship. In contrast to the previous letter, the following passage, written only a year later, reveals a much more candid Cicero as he tells his friend Atticus about the current political situation in Rome.

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