The Prince Paperback – 1995
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Another point of some confusion is the saying that "it is better to be feared than to be loved." Again, this is not quite what Machiavelli meant. His actual words are: "[. . .] there arises a dispute: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the contrary. The reply is that one should like to be both the one and the other, but as it is difficult to bring them together, it is much safer to be feared than to be loved if one of the two has to be lacking." It is also noteworthy to point out that the word "fear" at the time Machiavelli was alive was less synonymous with its modern meaning than it was with the word "respect." He was saying that a prince's throne is more secure if he is feared/respected but not loved than it is if he is loved but not feared/respected. Machiavelli does not say that a prince who is feared is the moral better of one who is loved.Read more ›
Also, there is a fantastic summary and overview of The Prince in the book A Collection of Wisdom by Rodney Ohebsion that I highly recommend. In ten pages or so, it gives you really the essence of The Prince that is applicable to people in their lives.
Now let's analyze what Machiavelli talked about? His main point of what he was trying to convey throughout the book was "The ends justifies the means", now what does this mean? what he was trying to say was that it's ok for a prince to lie, cheat, steal, be faithless and commit acts of atrocities so long as it benefits him. Now to a regular person this type of thinking is that of a psychopath/sociopath and I agree, who in their right mind would actually act in this manner? Machiavelli however only recommended princes to act in this manner as he wrote in his book Discourses on Livy "The best remedy whoever becomes prince of either a city or a state has for holding that principality is to make everything in that state anew;.... to make the rich poor, the poor rich, as did David when he became king...., not to leave anything untouched in that province, so that there is no rank, no order, no state, no wealth there that he who holds it does not it as from you; and to take as one's model Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander, who from a small king became prince of Greece with these modes. He who writes of him says that he transferred men from province to province as herdsmen transfer their herds.Read more ›
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very good book, very short. nice insight into machivelli and his sense of militray strategy. good for spurring thought about roles of leadership and conflicts against powers.Published 1 month ago by elliot wilson
Strategically sound. Tactically brilliant. Much ill is said about Machiavelli that is not justified. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Iceman
Parks has translated Machiavelli for the 21st century. It's got a lot more zing and energy than the old, 19th-century editions. It's much clearer and easier to read than they were. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ian Chadwick
NOT AN EASY READ, BUT IT'S BEEN ON MY TO DO LIST FOR YEARS AND THE PRICE WAS RIGHTPublished 5 months ago by Lorna Cloutier