The Prince: The Original Classic Hardcover – Aug 30 2010
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Niccolò Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher and writer, and is considered one of the founders of modern political science. He was a diplomat and civil servant in the Florentine Republic in the sixteenth century, until arrested for conspiracy in 1513 after which he gave his time to writing.
Tom Butler-Bowdon is the author of five bestselling books on classic self-help and motivational writing. He has been described by USA Today as “a true scholar of this type of literature.”
His first book, 50 Self-Help Classics, won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin award. www.butler-bowdon.com
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Unlike so many others, he provides more, much more than a flimsy "briefing" to the given work. As Butler-Bowdon points out, 'recent research has focused on [Machiavelli's] ethics and the fact that he was a genuine moral philosopher and well-rounded Renaissance man whose overriding wish was to be useful.' This obviously challenges the mistaken but durable perception of Machiavelli as being 'evil' by those who have never read The Prince and know even less about the age in which it was written.
Indeed, as Yale's Erica Benner suggests in Machiavelli's Ethics (published by Princeton University Press, 2009), The Prince is 'best seen not as a guide on how to be ruthless or self-serving, but rather as a lens to see objectively the prevailing views of the day, and to open the eyes of the reader to the motives of others.Read more ›
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