But Huler is a thoughtful traveler as well, aware that the journey is always more important than the destination. And Odysseus's journey, he argues, isn't written for the schoolkids upon whom it's foisted. It's for middle-aged people who've faced difficult trials of their own. No six-headed monsters, perhaps, but struggles with mortality and a quest for a legacy just the same. - Kristin Baird Rattini
The Artist Formerly Known as Ruthless Machiavelli may not be as Machiavellian as you think.
The Book: The Prince, translation by Peter Constantine (Modern Library, $8). In stores March 11.
It's funny how some people get remembered. For instance, nobody hears the name of Mexican General Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón and says, "Sure, he killed everyone at the Alamo, but he's the reason we have chewing gum."
Niccolò Machiavelli is another case in point. Today, we remember him for his 1514 work, The Prince, and we ascribe to both the author and anyone we deem Machiavellian the qualities of ruthlessness and arrogance. But is that what Machiavelli really was? A new translation of The Prince may help answer that question.