Books Peter Constantine Books by Peter Constantine Peter Constantine has written books about: Literary Fiction Fiction Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction History & Society Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Peter Constantine Books Machiavelli, Not Such a Bad Guy? March 27, 2008 Machiavellian. Decades before The Prince was translated into English, the author's name entered the lexicon as a synonym for political scheming. But was Machiavelli a schemer — or a satirist? Machiavelli, Not Such a Bad Guy? Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/89153809/89163638" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review You Must Read This Saunders on Babel, Prose Poet of the Grotesque May 26, 2006 George Saunders, satirist of American consumerism, offers his appreciation of Isaac Babel's dark, visceral tales. Babel's Collected Stories chart the perils and absurdities of life among Russian Jews and Cossack armies.