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The Prince Paperback – May 4 2010
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“[Machiavelli] can still engage our attention with remarkable immediacy, and this cannot be explained solely by the appeal of his ironic observations on human behaviour. Perhaps the most important thing is the way he can compel us to reflect on our own priorities and the reasoning behind them; it is this intrusion into our own defenses that makes reading him an intriguing experience. As a scientific exponent of the political art Machiavelli may have had few followers; it is as a provocative rhetorician that he has had his real impact on history.” –from the Introduction by Dominic Baker-Smith --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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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Regardless of one's feelings about the messages of the book, it is an excellent commentary on the human condition, on politics, and especially on those who practice the art. Highly recommended.
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.
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.
"The Prince" has been reviewed "here" ad nauseam with mixed quality. The noise may make it difficult for readers to focus their attention on the value of this book which, after 500 years, should be self evident. Machiavelli states, "... good counsels, whencesoever they come, are born of the wisdom of the prince, and not the wisdom of the prince from good counsel." Thus, all would-be prince-readers should immerse themselves into Machiavelli's thoughts from a free Project Gutenberg version and should it prove fruitless, no further action need be done. Among various versions, the crispness and eloquence of the JK Marriott translation is without equal and ideal in the acid free paper Everyman hardcover edition, complete with ribbon bookmark. The Everyman size is perfect, it opens almost flat, its paper is rigid and crisps with page turns, providing a suitable tactility for Machivelli's revelations.
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A must read for any student of life who wishes understand the inner workings of power and political control. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 1999
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