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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 28, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521342406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521342407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Italian (translation)

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A new translation of Machiavelli's political classic argues that the work was an attack on the advice-books for princes published by his contemporaries as well as a response to the world of Florentine politics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Aman on July 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had to buy this book for a class called War and Justice. I have since reread it multiple times. It is wonderful. A real look into Realist Politics.
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By Chris Lovett on November 29, 2013
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I very good read, classic literature that is very relevant in political thought today. A must read for every library.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Travers on July 9, 2004
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Machiavellism is a name often given to politicians who have no ideals other that to get what they want, which is to achieve power. Fair enough, and I cannot argue that point. But at the same time, there are aspects of Machiavellianism, which actually is now called realpolitic more than Machiavelli, that are essential in modern politics, especially campaigning and warfare, or more appropriately, the politics of pre-war.
The crux of the author's advice to the The Prince is that it is better to be feared or respected than loved, which certainly parallels America's post-9/11 place in the world. There are times in which it is appropriate and better to be loved, but obviously this is a calculated act. It reminds me of how the Clintons did polling to determine what would be the most popular place to vacation for them with the public, or how after Moncia they "allowed" cameras to "capture" them, "cuddling" in bathing suits, or how Clinton walked into Ron Brown's funeral telling a big you-know-what-eating joke until he saw cameras, then wiped a fake tear from his eye. Pure Machiavellianism.
STEVEN TRAVERS
AUTHOR OF "BARRY BONDS: BASEBALL'S SUPERMAN"
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika L. Minjarez on January 29, 2012
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I had to read this book for one of my classes. It was an interesting read that went by pretty quickly.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2004
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People so twisted, disturbed and lonely as to use a book review as yet another excuse to lash out at a man who left office four years ago, even though the book has nothing to do with that man, may not be Machiavellian ... but they sure are pathetic. One wonders how their life got to be this empty.
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