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When Lorenzo de' Medici seized control of the Florentine Republic in 1512, he summarily fired the Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria and set in motion a fundamental change in the way we think about politics. The person who held the aforementioned office with the tongue-twisting title was none other than Niccolò Machiavelli, who, suddenly finding himself out of a job after 14 years of patriotic service, followed the career trajectory of many modern politicians into punditry. Unable to become an on-air political analyst for a television network, he only wrote a book. But what a book The Prince is. Its essential contribution to modern political thought lies in Machiavelli's assertion of the then revolutionary idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena. "It must be understood," Machiavelli avers, "that a prince ... cannot observe all of those virtues for which men are reputed good, because it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion, in order to preserve the state." With just a little imagination, readers can discern parallels between a 16th-century principality and a 20th-century presidency. --Tim Hogan --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
“[Machiavelli] can still engage our attention with remarkable immediacy, and this cannot be explained solely by the appeal of his ironic observations on human behaviour. Perhaps the most important thing is the way he can compel us to reflect on our own priorities and the reasoning behind them; it is this intrusion into our own defenses that makes reading him an intriguing experience. As a scientific exponent of the political art Machiavelli may have had few followers; it is as a provocative rhetorician that he has had his real impact on history.” –from the Introduction by Dominic Baker-SmithSee all Editorial Reviews
What a world we live in, and though written a long time ago, it is a classic that is used by the great Prince of our world's today. Read for your benefit, and protection. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dante Duruisseau
The introduction and the translation are so badly written that I must believe that both are only rough drafts which would see heavy editing. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Therese Decker
Very interesting. It'z amazing how politics five hundred years ago was the same as it is now. The means have changed but the characters and the goals are pretty much the same.Published 23 days ago by Giovanna Massaud Ribeiro
For Christmas, I ordered an mp3 player (Library of Classics) that was pre-loaded with 100 works of classic literature in an audio format. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Steven M. Anthony
The Prince is a real good book and it shows how people function under different types of government. I think President Bush Jr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keekee