CDN$ 18.97
  • List Price: CDN$ 24.00
  • You Save: CDN$ 5.03 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 2 to 5 months.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
The Prince: The Original ... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Prince: The Original Classic Hardcover – Aug 30 2010

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
CDN$ 18.97
CDN$ 8.09 CDN$ 6.88

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • You'll save an extra 5% on Books purchased from Amazon.ca, now through July 29th. No code necessary, discount applied at checkout. Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Prince: The Original Classic
  • +
  • The Art of War: The Ancient Classic
  • +
  • The Wealth of Nations: The Economics Classic - A selected edition for the contemporary reader
Total price: CDN$ 58.62
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone (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: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description

From the Inside Flap

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. www.butler-bowdon.com


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
NM said it like it was, if I had to put him in context it would go something like this "this is the chess board, these are the pieces, these are the rules, and this is how it is played, if you want to win this is what you must do". NM outlined clearly within The Prince what it takes to win power, maintain power, and consolidate power.

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 ›
4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is a classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power is refreshing in its directness, yet often disturbing in its cold practicality. Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century, this calculating prescription for power remains today, nearly 500 years after it was written, a timely and startling lesson in the practice of autocratic rule.
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Liberalists, humanists and populists beware! This is the how-to-manual that the political right-wing has been reading and memorizing since the early 1500s. In what some persons may claim to be an objective manner, Machiavelli clearly defines the intricate steps that are necessary for a Prince (aka Dictator) to not only seize control of a country, but to firmly maintain that control and then to finally expand his/her holdings by invading and conquering neighboring lands. I personally view this approach as being nothing more than a self-guided tour of beligerent control, underhanded manipulation and elitist greed.

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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Machiavelli wrote this book for the Medici back in a time that is suppossed to be so different from today. Yet, The Prince is as applicable as the day it was wrote- maybe more so. It's a concise, almost surgical, guidebook to world domination. Superficially, this book is written like stereo instructions with precise directions on control of your enemies, followers, and friends. But, deeply, it will force any serious reader to take stock of the lengths neccessary to attain great power. Lives are flited at like pieces on a chess board with absolutely no uneccessary concern (if they can't hurt ya, screw 'em). Why, aside from that whole learning about world domination thing, this book is such a neccessary read for anybody with a stake in daily life is because this is the book your leaders sleep with under their pillow. There hasn't been an intelligent, powerful, and influential political leader that hasn't been influenced by Machiavelli and this book. It's very important to really wrap yourself around reality in reading this book so as to open your own eyes to what people do to lead (not just dictators, facists, and imperialists, but deomcrats and republicans.). This book is Political Reality 101- you must read it.
9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
While much of the material might come off as cold, deceptive, immoral, or just unacceptable to the average person, it is truly a unique reading experience. Machiavelli unemotionally lays out a series of logical arguments on what one must do to gain and, perhaps more importantly, maintain power over a people/society/kingdom, citing multiple examples and explanations for each one. I would recommend this little book without hesitation as an interesting read on historical politics and strategy.
10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews



Feedback