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The Prince Paperback – Sep 21 1992
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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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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NM's ideas were not morally correct, not only by the standards of his time, but also by the standards of our time. NM was not concerned with ethics, scruples, or morals, he was mainly concerned with the question of how a prince could "unconditionally" keep himself on the throne in-spite of internal and external factors. He gives the solution to this just as a person writes instructions for playing chess, in which it would be foolish to regret the failure to answer the question whether it is morally advisable to play chess at all.
The Prince is not by any means a instruction manual on how to run a state, although it does give some good pointers on what one must do in order to run it successfully. Rather, The Prince is more of a representation of an "Idea", after reading the book, one should get the picture of what NM was trying to explain. "The ends justifies the means" (as is written in The Prince) is pretty much summarising the whole entire book in one sentence, you don't really need to read anymore beyond that unless you want to get in depth.
Finally I am going to do NM some justice after so many others have done him injustice; the question is was NM Machiavellian? I’ve read all four of his books and I found the answer to that question in his book “Discourses on Livy”, here is what he says….Read more ›
There is nothing in this text that reinforces that 'all men are created equal' nor that the social structure of government is to be for all persons and not the few who view themselves as its ruling-elite. Machiavelli elevates political leaders to an almost god-like existence and views them as separate from, and not part of, the populace they are attempting to dominate. While this book is, and always will be, an indictment on dictatorial and monastic rule, I strongly urge everyone to read it. We, as a voting public, have a tendency to become lax and overlook some of the control issues that are shown by our existing elected officials. This book serves as a guidepost to what may occur if we ignore the present and questionable realities for too long and do nothing to halt them.
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I've often had to read parts of this book in university when I was studying philosophy and really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Minerva
never ended up reading hte whole thing. but it looks pretty awesome on my shelfPublished 1 month ago by jtdollah
Now I will have all the knowledge and power I need to rule over my Kingdom!!!! Muhuahahahahahahahahahahahah.....Published 2 months ago by jason yendes
interesting read. Amazing that this was written quite some time ago and yet it is very, very relevant today. It's not an easy read per se. But it's not a long read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ayslin
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