The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince

byNiccolo Machiavelli

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Here is the world’s most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor, The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince...a king...a president.

When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government and is the ultimate book on power politics.

This Bantam Classic edition of The Prince includes selections from Machiavelli’s Discourses as well as an introduction and notes by the translator, Daniel Donno.
Political philosopher, statesman and court advisor Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. Starting out as a clerk, Machiavelli quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. Machiavelli's political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprison...
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Title:The PrinceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553897373

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than it seems This book may seem like it is telling people to manipulate others and be scheming in order to get what you want; however, one must recall the time period and context of which Machiavelli wrote this book. This is a good book on strategy, but I would not advise all its principles to be followed in today's time. This book's wisdom was more relevant to those whom Machiavelli was writing for at his time. However, this book is widely discussed in political philosophy, and in that regard, it is good to have some knowledge on this book, which is why I recommend reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Done A classic and well presented.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! The origin of some profound concepts.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read The origin of some profound concepts.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Great Read for anyone interested in politics.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read. Great book for anyone wanting to understand politics.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Read this book in university and returned to it recently. Outstanding is an understatement. IF you enjoy political theory, and renaissance Italy, this book is for you.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Surprisingly Relevant Novel Definitely a good read if you're interested in politics of the Renaissance or of today. Explores the weaknesses and exploitation of political power.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One of a kind read Read this for an Italian course I'm taking, it was a slow read for me(despite it's very short length). I'm not too into politics but I did appreciate Machiavelli's cynicism and his desire for a united Italy. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Good for people trying to learn more about politics
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from masterpiece it is truly the most amazing "historical" book i have ever read
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless People don't seem to change. The Prince has tremendous advice that is still just as valid in today's world as it was during the renaissance in Italy. He goes into the next level of dealing with not only people, but incredibly powerful people. People who, if they didn't like what you had to say or didn't do what they wanted, could have you killed. It's a thought provoking read!
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Points to Ponder, even today I did not know that this was more philosophy and non-fiction than a fictional portrait of a "prince" from the 16th century. However, Machiavelli's musing are both accurate (even for the 21st century) and interesting as he uses examples from his own time and involves real life characters such as Pope Alexander VI and the King of France, Charles VIII. There is also the fascinating tale about a 14th century "prince" who embodies most of the author's theories and ideas. At first it may not seem relevant, but it touches on some very important points if you really want to be a great leader.
Date published: 2011-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple yet awesome Beyond the English language and beyond the some what confusing moments. This book is simply amazing. A short read but a much needed one for any leader. Enjoy Loay Ragheb www.seed2wisdom.com
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant A brilliant view of politics, past, present and future. Political Satire at its purest, this was written for the Medici Princes, and it showed...apparently they did not appreciate his point of view, because he was killed for it!
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realism Finally, a realistic view of the true politics and the true nature of man.
Date published: 2003-03-15