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The Prince Paperback – May 19, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1613820452 ISBN-10: 1613820453

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (May 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613820453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613820452
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superb translation; with an excellent, sensible introduction. --Michael Altschul, Case Western Reserve


"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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About the Author

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) was an Italian philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. He is one of the main founders of modern political science. He was a diplomat, political philosopher, playwright, and a civil servant of the Florentine Republic. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, poetry, and some of the most well-known personal correspondence in the Italian language. His position in the regime of Florence as Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence lasted from 1498 to 1512, the period in which the de' Medici were not in power. Machiavelli's most well-known writing was, however, after this period, during the time when the de' Medici recovered power, and Machiavelli was removed from all positions of responsibility. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence. He served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, but was expelled from public life when the Medici family returned to power in 1512.His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was written by the famous Italian statesman Niccolo Machiavelli in 1531. This book is a classic and I was pleasantly surprised that the content was not dated and the principles translate easily into the modern worlds of business and politics.
The author wrote this book as an instruction guide for governing princes in the 1500's when Italy was divided into city states and were being defeated by many foreign powers. I belive that the work is directed to Lorenzo de Medici by a letter included in the work and because at the end of the writing Machiavelli calls for a prince to unite and lead Italy against its oppressors.
The book is not unethical as I had imagined from my understanding of the ruthlessness of Machiavellian ethics. The author is only explaining tactics to use to maintain power in a kingdom or city state that are pragmatic for his time period.
Here are some examples from the book:
1. When conquering a territory keep the current laws and institutions in place, but eliminate all the family of the defeated prince.
2. When trouble is sensed ahead of time it can be easily remedied, if you wait for it to show itself, it is to late.
3. Whoever is responsible for another becoming powerful, ruins himself.
4. There is no surer way of keeping possesion than by devastation.
5. Men do you are harm either because they hate you or they fear you.
6. Violence must be inflicted once and for all, it must be over quickly.
7. Build your power through the people.
8. Power is maintained through religious institutions.
9. Neglect the art of war and you lose your state.
10. If you act virtuously, you will be undone by those who are not, make use of this or not according to need.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Actually, this book about political theory is applicable to any organization, not just governmental. Niccolo Machiavelli was a very shrewd man. A book full of pearls such as "Whoever believes that with great men new services wipe out old injuries deceives himslef"; "Without opportunity their prowess would have been extinguished and without such prowess the opportunity would have come in vain"; "And here it has to be noted that men must either be pampered or crushed, because they can get revenge for small injuries but not for grievous ones"; "The first opinion that is formed of a ruler's intelligence is based on the quality of men he has around him"; "But as soon as you disarm your subjects you start to offend them" and many many others. I am glad I am writing this review because it has been such a long time since I went back to my small yellow book for reference.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Miz Ellen VINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
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This short slender work marks a landmark in Western Civilization and made the name of the author a synonym for Satan. In 26 short, crisp essays, Niccolo Machiavelli lays out the precepts whereby a nation may be subjugated to the will of a leader, whether prince, dicator or president. Machiavelli was born in 1469 and served the republic city-state of Florence as a high-level diplomat and minister of miliatary affairs for 13 years, undertaking at least 24 crucial foreign missions. When the Medici returned to power, Machiavelli was exiled from the city and he turned his mind to authoring a massive treatise titled THE REPUBLIC. Out of that larger work, these short essays were condensed. Machiavelli had one goal in so creating THE PRINCE; he desired the unification of Italy.

However, he authored the first and one of the best works of political science ever penned.

Unlike previous works of political thought, THE PRINCE is not philosophical in nature. The author is focused on the obtaining and the maintaining of power. "Morality" is not the intent. See chapter 15:

"A man who wishes to make a profession of goodness in everything must necessarily come to grief among so many who are not good. Therefore it is necessary for a prince...to learn how not to be good, and to use this knowledge and not use it, according to the necessity of the case."

Or chapter 18: "Thus it well to seem merciful, faithful, humane, sincere, religious and also to be so; but you must have the mind so disposed that when it is needful to be otherwise you may be able to to change to the opposite qualities."

The language of this is quaint and a little stilted. It stems from the translation done by Luigi Ricci in 1903, now in the public domain.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William D. Hastings on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is actually on the list of books that are banned by the administration of the prison where I am incarcerated. Naturally, when I got a hold of an illicit copy, I just had to devour it - reading much of it under the cover of night when most C/Os are napping. I didn't see what the big deal was. The introduction helped to set the book in the proper historical context in which it was written, and I could see how the text could be construed as salacious. However, I found it to be less revolutionary than it was an objective and detached assessment of what the author perceived to be the best way to consolidate and keep hold of power once that ruling position has been attained. I can understand how his principles can be applied to various aspects of people's lives, and why some politicians reference it like their Bible, but I suppose I was expecting something more scandalous.
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