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. . .it is always refreshing to see someone placing Old Nick solidly within the framework of his times. -- Niccolò Capponi, The Journal of Military History, 69.4 (2005) 1200-1201<br /><br />Apart from bringing out the "true" Machiavelli. . . Connell has done an excellent job of translating and annotating the text. --Niccolò Capponi, The Journal of Military History, 69.4 (2005) 1200-1201

"A superb translation; with an excellent, sensible introduction."--Michael Altschul, Case Western Reserve University
"Bondanella's 'Introduction' is excellent; also, the fine translation offers much for the humanity student."--Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College
"Every leader in the third world should read this and be advised by it." --Godwin C. Duru, Ohio Dominican College

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Rufus Goodwin is a poet, novelist,translator and journalist.

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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Dante University of America Press; 2nd edition (May 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937832383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937832387
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Giolito on June 4, 2007
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In The Prince, Machiavelli basically outlines the foundations of government as they were in Italy and the rest of Europe in the Middle Ages. While is he often criticized, the truth of the matter is that he was not creating these guidelines...he was simply outlining them. They already existed, and they had been used countless times, which is where Machiavelli draws his examples from. That is a part of what makes The Prince such a great read - every point and every suggestion or "rule" is outlined clearly and in easy language, and accompanied by a then-current example.

The Medicis were a fascinating family, and for anyone interested in their impact on Italian history and culture, this book is very informative. Machiavelli dedicated The Prince to Giuliano de' Medici, and depending on how much you know of the Medici family and their ruling practices in general, it is very interesting to note the relationship between the guidelines in this book and the history of the Medici's governmental policies.

This book provides a thorough analysis of European politics and morals during the Middle Ages. While some of the suggested guidelines may seem at first to be unethical or based on practical success, keep in mind that to understand the full meaning of the text, you must interpret it while keeping in mind a sense of the realities of the time, which have obviously changed. In keeping with our present sense of values, Machiavelli may seem cruel and ruthless, but read it and put it in the perspective of Italy in the Middle Ages. It makes for a much deeper, clearer read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo V. C. Sa on August 4, 2007
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This is an interesting book, especially for those involved in social and political issues. In some moments, Machiavelli's words shock us because he suggests some cruel and even evil means for the Prince to achieve success. However, the book's "Introduction" and the "Translator's note" warn us that these ideas were common in the Machiavelli's time (1469-1527). Some parts of the book are a little boring because they refer to several people (princes, kings, popes, etc) and facts which are unknown for the common reader (like me). Nevertheless, the general principles defended by Machiavelli in each chapter are not lost by those aspects, and we can understand them perfectly. There is one especially rich chapter, the one entitled "whether it is better to be loved than feared, or rather feared than loved". I had a great time reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on October 14, 2007
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Published in 1532, dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici, The Prince by Machiavelli is an advanced political science treatise in defence of civilization against barbarianism by way of a single specially disciplined sovereign ruler, a prince.

The Prince by Machiavelli is a brief but complex political management system designed to be run by a prince administered using a series of protocols for any given situation based on Machiavelli's interpretation of the history of the rise and fall of world governments with an emphasis on the Roman Empire and current trends in 16th century monarchy rule.

Machiavelli's analysis of the historical record paved the way for princes to develop awareness of the problem of emergent barbarianism both internal and external. Machiavelli highlighted the need for a prince to always remain liked but indicated that being wanted did not necessarily mean being kind and showed how a cruel prince could also be beneficial to the state which would function, sometimes better, under ruthlessness depending on certain conditions.

Machiavelli was able to successfully understand the different types of principalities and how princes come to power and how they could retain that power tactically. He often cited historical sources to prove his points. The Prince teaches how to acquire cities and how they should be ruled especially after being annexed. In this respect it is also a war treatise although it deals with gain by means other than war. However this is not unusual for a warfare discourse. There are methods of determining strength and calculating a response and so The Prince is a strategic book that has its bases in game theory.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David on November 29, 2007
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The Prince is a classic work of political science. Unfortunately, this version of the book is not suitable for serious study or anything academic. This version is from an amateur publishing outfit! If you compare it with legitimate academic translations, sometimes it's not even accurate. I had to buy another (legit) version to be able to write my college papers, just a warning.
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The Prince by Machiavelli Versus An Essay on Crimes and Punishments by Cesare Beccaria

Two men, living hundreds of years apart, in many ways, wrote with parallel opinions and conclusions. Most well known is Machiavelli's The Prince; however, in many ways, the greater impact came from lesser known Cesare Beccaria, with An Essay on Crimes and Punishments--the latter being the basis upon which many of our governments and laws have been established.

Both men emphasized that the virtue of man should be the basis of our interpersonal actions. Yet they also conceded that man's seemingly instinctual appetite for power prevents that base virtue from ruling our decisions. Given the continued use of military might of one country against another, it is abundantly clear that what Machiavelli wrote in the 15th century and Beccaria wrote in the 18th continues to hold true today.

The Prince was written based upon Machiavelli's observations and analysis of what was happening in his country. His books resulted in his recognition as the founder of political science inasmuch as he was the first to analyze various forms of government.

Many of us may also observe, perhaps evaluate and analyze, and come to the conclusion that somebody has to do something. Machiavelli, in writing The Prince did just that. He wrote and sent his treatise directly to Lorenzo De Medici, Duke of a token of his service. Throughout The Prince Machiavelli constantly refers to the virtues needed to be an effective leader, an effective prince. At the same time, he looks at what actually happened, using events of those days, and effectively explained what was done right or wrong.
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