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.
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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 ›
I came to Machiavelli through his comedy plays, which are hilarious and a plus for those of you into the whole hotwife and adultery humour. Sure the context of where Niccolo was when he wrote this and the surrounding political climates make this book a more fuller experience, but I feel like thats a vast subject matter that could be better explored in an HBO long arc style of TV show. The scenes with NM in prison while the Medici establish their power in the city all set against a backdrop of Italian women doing nude bathhouse scenes and the occasional war flaring up with gruesome death all around... Can you say Game of Thrones on the Mediteranian... Mmmmm Italian women....
While the content is familiar to us all today via tropes and architypical usuage of the concepts through history and even plagerised into speechs over the ages this book is mostly interesting as a study into the types of people who ascribe to it as a high work of practical philosophy. It is said that the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau kept a copy in his bedside table and traveled with the book while leading Canada... Canada... the same Canada that is peace loving and merciful.... thats funny.
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This should be required reading in high school especially those studying the Social Sciences & Political Science; a very controversial piece of literature at the time dealing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ab
Great copy for what I spent. It is already very readable as to layout! Nice!Published 2 months ago by Walter Petrovic
An excellent book. A must read for anyone interested in Politics, Statecraft and History.Published 2 months ago by Alexander Gueulette
I've often had to read parts of this book in university when I was studying philosophy and really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Minerva
never ended up reading hte whole thing. but it looks pretty awesome on my shelfPublished 4 months ago by jtdollah
Now I will have all the knowledge and power I need to rule over my Kingdom!!!! Muhuahahahahahahahahahahahah.....Published 5 months ago by jason yendes
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