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Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince on The Art of Power: The New Illustrated Edition of the Renaissance Masterpiece on Leadership (The Art of Wisdom) Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Cary J. Nederman was born: May 6, 1957 in Pittsburgh, PA. Nederman is professor and director of graduate studies in the department of political science at Texas A&M University, College Station. His research concentrates on the history of Western political thought, with a focus on Greek, Roman, and early European ideas up to the seventeenth century. He illuminates the relationship between historical traditions and contemporary concerns. Nederman is presently pursuing several lines of research. He plans to continue work on the early history of political economy that has already yielded several published articles. He is also investigating the origins of European nationalism in late medieval and early modern political thought, a project that he hopes will lead to a book manuscript. Moreover, he continues to work on topics in medieval rhetoric and the reception of classical political ideas in the Latin Middle Ages.
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This version contains a solid preface, followed by the Marriott translation of the work itself and then a couple of essay appendices to provide further reflections and context. I have not read any of the other translations, but was pleased to find that even though this one was from over a century ago, it still reads quite well.
However, aside form the content itself being sound, what really struck me about this book was the presentation.
The hardcover binding is in a royal purple fabric with a sheen that gives the appearance of silk. This is pressed with textured lettering and silver detailing. The artwork consists largely of beautiful photos of relevant artworks which are scattered very liberally amongst the core content of the book. The pages are solid with every single one containing some colour, even if it is just for a fine border or faux watermark detailing. The typeset also appears to be Garamond which makes for clean presentation and easy reading.
As superficial as all of this is, it seems the people that pulled this book together wanted the presentation to frame the content well - and have succeeded.
It's a good read for anyone. In general it will help you understand why politics are important and why politicians don't always fulfill their promises. It covers how to govern your land or foreign lands which have been invaded. Rise to power and methods to stay in power.
This book is a hardcover edition and its beautifully bound material feels great. I guess the only downside is that it's purple. Which you know, I think it's fine but given the fact that the the title is "The Prince" some idiot might think it's about the artist/singer "Prince" who is usually associated with the color purple. Maybe it's just me being paranoid.
In conclusion here, I think this book should be required reading for High School students, that's how important I think this is.
You could find a used paperback copy of this book for a couple of dollars. For slightly more than a mere $16 bucks, this vendor provides you with a beautifully crafted hard cover edition bound in a royal purple satin cloth. Painted illustrations throughout the entire edition combined with introductions and analysis ensures that this book's presentation matches Machiavelli's timeless masterpiece. Nobody would be surprised if I told them that I paid $75 or more. I am pleased and proud of this recent purchase. Spend a few dollars more and you will treasure this book for a lifetime.
P.S. The book comes with a lovely matching purple "ribbon" bookmark built into the binding.
It’s one of those books you get a hankering for about every 5 years or so and it shows you how much you’ve changed every time you read it.
Can confirm have owned for over 5 years lol!
This offering is beautifully illustrated, magnificently covered and bound whit an engaging forward and appendix.
The book would make a perfect gift!
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