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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (Aug. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857080784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857080783
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Other Titles Available in the Classics Series from Capstone

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

The Art of War, Sun Tzu

The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles

The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith

About the Author

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.

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Format: Hardcover
Those who have read one or more of the volumes that comprise Tom Butler-Bowdon's '50 Classics' series already know that he possesses superior reasoning and writing skills as well as a relentless curiosity when conducting research on history's greatest thinkers and their major works. For these and other reasons, I cannot think of another person better qualified to provide the introductions to the volumes that comprise a new series, 'Capstone Classics.'

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ceb815c) out of 5 stars The Most Readable Edition of The Prince Sept. 1 2010
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This new edition of The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, part of the Capstone Original Classic series, is beautifully presented as befits a work of this stature and importance. The pleasing cover design and layout make it an excellent gift. However, Tom Butler-Bowdon's lucid and engaging introduction, to a work he rightly describes as "timeless", is also worth possessing. He provides an excellent and very readable introduction to Machiavelli and his historical context and a laudable survey of his principal ideas. This fine essay is accompanied by a concise bullet-point summary of The Prince's main points, a timeline of the author's life, and details of his other works. Tom helps to set the record straight: Machiavelli was a political pragmatist not a monster. He condemns wanton vice and cruelty and says instead: "It is essential, therefore, for a Prince who desires to maintain his position, to have learned how to be other than good, and to use or not use his goodness as necessity requires." Sometimes force is necessary for the benefit of the state, according to this view, and difficult decisions lie ahead of any new ruler. Apart from being a classical work of political philosophy, The Prince arguably has something to offer the modern reader as a guide to life, in much the same way as Sun Tzu's The Art of War. It paints a picture of the ideal ruler as someone who faces adversity with a tough-minded realism but does so, ultimately, with noble aims. I highly recommend this edition of the "original classic" not only to those with an interest in politics and ethics, therefore, but to those seeking an alternative to the more saccharine forms of contemporary self-help.

Donald Robertson
Author of The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ceb8564) out of 5 stars Excellent version of the classic political treatese Dec 28 2012
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Bought this for my 13 year old son doing a book report on politics, when all his peers were reading books written in the last twenty years by all the political rogues and "players" of our time. I was a little concered that Machiavelli might be a little over my son's head, but it reads well after getting used to the cadance of the author. The book arrived with a small dent in the cover. The dust jacket is too small and fragile, but it is more of a wrapper than a dust jacket, so no points off for that issue. This book has a wonderful introduction making the 15th century dialog and 1910 English translation by Ninian Hill Thomson much easier to understand. The typeface is a clean san-sarif of some type, with good white space on the 5"x8" pages.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ceb836c) out of 5 stars Good historical read. May 21 2015
By Rowen Stewart Hodge - Published on
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Good historical read, it was interesting to see a man try and take a pragmatic and detached view to politics and leadership with the religious pressures of the time. Much like the Art of War I would hesitate to use his 'lessons' in today's world. Social dynamics have moved on and trying to force an old square into a new circle is not insightful.
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HASH(0x9ceb85a0) out of 5 stars Intriguing!... Dec 13 2012
By Betty L. Wilkins - Published on
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I have read something of this book online, but having it in one's own hands helps when one discovers how much this author has delved into history to teach his subject, and how carefully he goes into explaining what he actually means. I'd say that one doesn't have to be a prince for this to be almost required reading for anyone who wishes to really understand the world around him. What was relevant in his time could also be applied today.
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HASH(0x9ceb8984) out of 5 stars He tells the truth April 28 2013
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This book and its author are so misunderstood. I guess the truth hurts when it comes to human nature! What this book does so well is prepares one for how people behave and think and why, even almost six hundred years ago. Politics and banking and national security are all areas that benefit from his sage advice. And business people.