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The Prince [Paperback]

Niccolo Machiavelli
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May 4 2010
A new edition of the classic THE PRINCE. A political treatise by the Florentine political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli.

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was a Florentine statesman who was later forced out of public life. He then devoted himself to studying and writing political philosophy, history, fiction, and drama.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-read April 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're reading this review, I'll assume you've come to realize how important this book is. Controversial, definitely, but worth reading. This particular edition is really nice. I haven't seen a book this cheap in a long time. For those who don't know, "The Prince" is a manuscipt written by Machiavelli to the Medici (I think) family in some province of Italy. It outlines the ways in which a ruler can maintain power by analyzing the actions of past rulers. It's short enough to keep you interested, and important enough to warrant buying this book.
Although the stated scope of the book (how rulers can maintain their position) is relatively narrow, the lessons of the book apply to a wide variety of situations. From business to politics, this book contains many of the essential lessons to succeed with power. While nobody should expect to learn how to stay in power after reading this book (this, of course, requires a great deal of experience), one can reasonably expect a good deal of insight into the way people think.
My *single* complaint about the book is that it is sometimes too dense to read casually. While not classifiable as an "intense" read, it falls somewhere between a historical textbook and an instruction manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic deserving of its fame April 7 2004
By JPAN
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This classic treatise is the most famous work on the subject of political power, and with good cause. Machiavelli outlines the basic principles of how to properly govern a kingdom, from whether it is better to fight with native troops (he argues that it is better to lose with your own soldiers than with with mercenaries) to whether it is better to be loved or feared (he clearly sides with the latter). Despite its somewhat negative connotations, the author goes to great lengths to outline why he comes to the conclusions he does. Taken in their proper context, Machiavelli's positions are, I believe, much less inflamatory than their stereo-types. One also must considers the time and circumstances in which the book was written.
In conclusion, this book is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves to be a reader of classics. I picked up this edition in the airport for 4 dollars...how could you go wrong? Anyone would be proud to place this on his or her bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic deserving of its fame April 7 2004
By JPAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This classic treatise is the most famous work on the subject of political power, and with good cause. Machiavelli outlines the basic principles of how to properly govern a kingdom, from whether it is better to fight with native troops (he argues that it is better to lose with your own soldiers than with with mercenaries) to whether it is better to be loved or feared (he clearly sides with the latter). Despite its somewhat negative connotations, the author goes to great lengths to outline why he comes to the conclusions he does. Taken in their proper context, Machiavelli's positions are, I believe, much less inflamatory than their stereo-types. One also must considers the time and circumstances in which the book was written.
In conclusion, this book is a must-read for anyone who considers themselves to be a reader of classics. I picked up this edition in the airport for 4 dollars...how could you go wrong? Anyone would be proud to place this on his or her bookshelf.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much I can add April 3 2008
By J. S. Breunig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What more to write that others haven't? It's The Prince, Machiavelli's work, chances are you're coming in with a lot of preconceived notions, assumptions, or just intrigue.

First, the writing style. The book is divided into short essays. This makes it great for reading for 5 minute bursts or sitting down and reading at leisure. The language is natural and flowing, for the most part. Some of the references are to "contemporary" actions, which unless you study fifteenth-century Italian politics will be a bit over your head. Still, points are made, and examples usually at least have a sentence of background.

Now, the content. Not being in the business of power, I can't attest to the efficacy of the claims. The author certainly does a good job of making his case: using examples, hypotheticals, abstract theories and a dash of reason. I do now look at things like office politics, organized crime and international relations in a new light, trying to understand if the concepts still apply. Surprisingly, a number of them seem to play out no matter the stakes or timeframe. So for a new perspective, this book does deliver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars #20 Power Politics (Understanding the Enemy) May 29 2010
By T. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Power Politics (Understanding the Enemy)
The quintessential evil doers manual...knowing this will give you insights to all the power mongers of the planet!
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Classic Work On Politics July 22 2014
By Andrew Olsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Prince is incredibly important for the world of politics. But none the less is entrenched in the politics of it's own time. Whatever lessons that can be learned from it are more general political ideas not necessarily anything profound.

This book is a list of what is deemed good political advice supported by the historical anecdotes used as evidence of successful politicians and leaders of the time. It doesn't necessarily say the someone who has done evil things is a good person just a successful political leader. He would have you be feared, rather than admired, but to avoid hatred of the masses. While I cannot support the need to be feared I can see how avoiding the hatred of the people who keep you in your position as a good thing. Still in the end more of a general rule of thumb, not anything any good political leader couldn't find out.
4.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected April 8 2014
By nohoboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The picture must be of the paperback version. What I received was a real 1903 edition book, not a copy! I checked the collectors market and the price was in line with the market for good condition. I was stunned.
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