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20 years after the publication of Vital Remnants: America’s Founding and the Western Tradition, a book that set out to help America remember her vital roots in the western tradition, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II takes up the title of Vital Remnants once more to continue the mission of serving the future by remembering, thinking about, and learning from the great thinkers of the past. Join Dr. Gregg as he guides listeners through some of the most important texts in human history. Whether you are looking for help in reaching a long abandoned reading goal and continuing your life-long learning, or looking for leadership and life lessons from something deeper than the latest self-help book, Gregg brings a quarter of a century's worth of experience teaching leadership to help you along the way. Vital Remnants from our shared past await to inspire, encourage, and teach us today just as they changed the world we have inherited.

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Jul 15, 2019

For the second season of Vital Remnants, Dr. Gary L. Gregg II will walk listeners through one of the most famous texts on political leadership, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. In this first episode, Dr. Gregg briefly details Machiavelli’s historical significance and his approach to reading The Prince. He then shares the first key lesson–to learn from contemporaries and the ancients–and ends by focusing on the second lesson from the selected readings, which emphasizes the importance of perspective when considering politics.

Target 2 Reading: Dedicatory Letter, Appendix “Niccolò Machiavelli to Francesco Vettori, Florence, Dec. 10, 1513” pp. 3-4, 107-111 of Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, Second Edition, Translated and with an Introduction by Harvey C. Mansfield (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Download Dr. Gregg's Guide to The Prince here

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Intro: Natalie Smith, McConnell Center Civic Education Coordinator 

Host: Dr. Gary L. Gregg II, McConnell Center Director

Producer: Connor Tracy, McConnell Center SBS Coordinator