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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Spl Stu edition (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452837783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452837789
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert M. Adams was Professor of English (Emeritus) at the University of California at Los Angeles. He was the author of many books, including Ikon: John Milton and the Modern Critics; Strains of Discord; Proteus, His Lies, His Truth: Discussion of Literary Translation; The Land and Literature of England; and Shakespeare―The Four Romances. In addition to the Norton Critical Edition of Utopia (he was translator and editor of the First and Second Editions), Professor Adams was editor of five other Norton Critical Editions, including The Prince by Machiavelli, Candide by Voltaire, and The Praise of Folly and Other Writings by Erasmus, the texts of which he also translated. He was a founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Difficult read and awesome book.
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Helpful footnotes help explain events through use of historical context, and translation insight allows for reader wariness into why things read the way they do.
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I read it voraciously from cover to cover.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Maven on June 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
BEWARE: Because of the popularity of Arc Manor's Special Student Edition of The Prince (which is taught at schools all over the US, priced at $4.99), some competitors are trying to pass off cheap imitations of the book by giving it the same name ('Special Student Edition').

Please note that the correct Arc Manor original edition has a light brown cover with a light image of the crest of the House of Medici in the background . The ISBN of the original Arc Manor edition is 978-0979415401 and it is listed on Amazon at $4.99 and it has a publication date of 2007.

You can search Amazon by the correct ISBN (978-0979415401) and you will get the correct book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Elliott on January 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I can't agree with the previous reviewer that this book is a prescription for living -- lying, cheating, fraud, deception, cruelty, and murder hardly appeal to me as a model for my personal life. Nor do I agree that the word virtu completely captures the essence of the work. But, the translation is excellent, and the supporting material is wonderful. Norton critical editions are generally good, but this one excels. I read it voraciously from cover to cover.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 20, 2006
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In the pantheon of classic literature, there are books teachers make you read, books you read on your own, and books you think you've read because everyone talks about them as though you ought to have read them.

The Prince is the third type. Read it, and discover that the term "Machiavellian" has come to mean something that I doubt Machiavelli really intended. Read it, and discover that Machiavelli may have been more of an optimist than people realize.

In a reading group recently, members had three different translations of the book. When we argued about what Machiavelli was saying in the section on ecclesiastical states, we realized that we were coming from different directions, so we each read the versions of several passages. The consensus was that this translation is perhaps the most cynical translation into English and may be the most "faithful" to the modern, popular idea of Machiavelli.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Godbolt on October 4, 2010
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This is the quote I read when being suggested this book. This is a very interesting book so far. I'd definitely recommend the Norton Critical Editions edition of it. It provides footnotes on each page for clarification, something that is not found in most literature this old. I am not dissatisfied in the least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StayStrong4Demi on March 9, 2013
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The original text of The Prince was written in 1513 and dedicated to Lorenzo de’ Medici, after Niccolò Machiavelli had been accused of conspiracy. In this text, Machiavelli analyzes the actions taken by popes and historical and Biblical princes in events that have taken place in Italy and throughout Europe during his lifetime to give advice on how to become a great prince. Machiavelli starts with the basics by describing various ways of rising to power: using one’s own arms and energy, using other people’s arms and luck, through crime, and by “choice of fellow citizens” (27). He continues by giving advice on every single aspect of being a prince: from military duties and selecting private counselors to acquiring a reputation and dealing with luck. While his work has been seen as controversial, the supporting evidence of the analysis of past events allows Machiavelli to make compelling arguments.

It has been approximately 500 years since Machiavelli wrote The Prince, but it is striking to see the relevance of his work today. We may not live in a society of princes, but some of the advice can be applied in modern daily life as people find themselves in various leadership roles. For example, Machiavelli states that “if a prince conducts himself with patience and caution, and the times and circumstances are favorable to those qualities, he will flourish; but if times and circumstances change, he will come to ruin unless he changes his method of proceeding” (68), explaining that one must be flexible and change once the times indicate that the methods used will not work. Although some of the advice can be extreme, the reader can find something Machiavelli proposes and apply it to daily life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Fasih on March 20, 2006
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I haven't done a close analysis of multiple translations, but having cursorily read various parts from some translations and wholly loving Machiavelli's writings for the insights they yield about Renaissance Florence and today, I can only add to previous comments by commending the Robert Adams translation. It is not at all dry, the most humorous one I've encountered, with the wit (read: sarcasm) shining through. An Adams translation of The Discourses does not exist, unfortunately.
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More About the Author

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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