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5.0 out of 5 stars Machiavelli's The Prince, March 6, 2010
This review is from: The Prince (Hackett Classics) (Paperback)
Machiavelli's work came about after the end of his diplomatic career. The contents lay out his reflections on how to rule. He includes such wisdom such as: It is better to be feared than to be loved. He notes two different types of leaders--lions and foxes, and speaks of the implications of each. As he notes in Chapter 18: "A prince must imitate the fox and the lion [and] must be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves."

There are many interpretations of this work. Is it satire, actually suggesting that a clever, nasty, feared prince is, in fact, likely to fail? Or a handbook for a leader? Or an effort to get in good graces with the powerful so that he could resume his career? Or. . .?

For the era, this is a fascinating work--especially read in juxtaposition with his Discourses. This represents a solid version of this classic work.
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Showing 1-7 of 7 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Mar 6, 2010 12:24:55 PM PST
wiredweird says:
However you take this one, it stands well next to Han Fei - try the Watson translation.
-- ww

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 7:06:04 PM PST
H. Schneider says:
of course a must!

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 7:16:50 PM PST
Nag, nag, nag! This one has been on my "list" for years and now I suppose I had better break down and read the thing. Thanks bunches.
don

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 8:16:04 AM PST
ealovitt says:
Maybe we should pass around the hat and send a copy of "The Prince" to the President. I think the weasels in Washington are planning to dine off of his bones.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 10:48:46 AM PST
James Burnham's book titled THE MACIAVELLIANS: THE DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM has good content re Machiavelli's book titled THE PRINCE. Machiavelli warned readers how political power actually works as opposed to pious platitudes. Machiavelli also argued when there is power vs. power resulting in compromise which can mean freedom.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 11:21:38 AM PST
Yes, the buzzards are circling, are they not?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 3:05:27 PM PST
KarenBBH says:
i'm pretty sure our president is familiar with this book...... VERY familiar.
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