The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions) Abridged Edition
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- Publisher : Dover Publications, Incorporated; Abridged edition (August 10, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0486272745
- ISBN-13 : 978-0486272740
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #149,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read this work twice. The first time I read this work was years ago, prior to much study of Italian history and ancient history. Although the language was clear, much of the references to historical figures was obscure to me. Since the first reading I have studied a good deal of European history and ancient history. This work made a lot more sense to me the second time around. I still used Study aides including Cliffs Notes to make sure I understood what the author was referring to. In that context, the work reminds me of Dante's Devine Comedy. The work makes a LOT more sense when one has either the proper study aides and / or an actual knowledge of the persons and events referenced.
In the event one is not familiar with this period of Italian history, one might consider a medium length work such as "The Italian Renaissance" by J. H. Plumb. There are many such works. I just happened to read that one at the same time as "The Prince". I also used study aides as described above. It really adds to the reading experience of this work.
In summary, I completely enjoyed this reading of "The Prince". The Kindle and audiobook were quite inexpensive and represented a great value. I took my time and used study aides and learned a lot. Thank You...
This dangerous book exposes and analyzes the fundamental principles of power and government. These principles are always followed regardless of the form of government (democracy, monarchy, dictatorship,etc.).
The book exposes the fact that there is no form of government in which power is shared with the people. Unless you have power and influence, you do not, and never will matter to the government.
Gandhi and MLK changed their respective countries because they obtained power and influence.
There are only a handful of countries in the world with direct democracy, which counts everyone's vote equally.
I think real democracy may exist among less than ten people.
This edition of The Prince is well formatted and well designed. The cover and interior looks great. This edition of the book also includes Machiavelli’s “A description of the methods adopted by the Duke Valentino when murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo, and the Duke di Gravina Orsini” and “The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca”.
The AmazonClassics Edition are usually very good when the works were written originally in English, for other languages it is a bet that depends in the work of the translator which, for the series, are translations already in the public domain. For "The Prince" I found it a bit slow, populated in some cases with long footnotes by the translator, probably there are better, and modern, editions of this book. Aside that the formatting and typography are professional and modern respectively.
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I'm a Tupac fan and having read an article that mentioned that Tupac read this book while in prison and found it profoundly enlightening I decided it was a must read for me, I clicked and its sat on the kindle for almost two years , until now.
I had no idea what this was about, I just assumed I was going to read a fairly raucous fictional story about a Prince.
So you can imagine my shock when I read the opening chapter, i very quickly realised that when it comes to book recommendations, Tupac and me are not compatible.
I feel bad for giving this a one star as this is entirely my fault however it meets all the criteria, I had to drag myself through, I understood little and the only satisfaction I received was reaching the end.
The first 38 pages are a useful authors introduction, but it is the 16 pages of the Translators note that are of most benefit. Both explain how Machiavelli has been much maligned and misinterpreted in the past –I agree. Most conceptions of Machiavelli stem from ‘anti-Catholic’ sentiment as in Gentillet’ ‘Discours contre Machiavel’ and the numerous renaissance plays that were becoming popular entertainment. The translator tries to get an understanding of the period and attempts to translate words according to their ‘olde worlde’ meaning; rather than their modern usage.
Machiavelli’ uses large amounts of punctuation and a fractured writing style that modern writers often cannot or do not understand. It’s a style that I was brought up with and doesn’t cause me much of a problem. This version uses a more flowing style that is easy to read whilst still maintaining the message that Niccolo was trying to convey and also picks up on the ribald ’language’ of the day.
Essentially this is a modern easy read that maintains, IMHO, one of the best attempted translations or modern renderings of a much misunderstood work.
Having read “Art of War” & “Arthasasthra” I was still able to enjoy Niccolo’s observations of Politics, War, Emperors & Republic.
It’s a very condensed read & it’s not written in simple English, so following the chapters was not that easy.
The famous examples of Roman Emperors & Other Famous Conquerors illustrated by Niccolo were to the point but his examples with the Politics of Italy when he was alive was very hard to follow since it had too many characters.
The Latter Chapter was a mini-history of Italian Politics of the day which I mostly skipped through.
But the points put forth by Niccolo rings true to even this day & age; students, businessmen & politicians alike have something here to read & ponder !
Note: I do wish people would stop leaving one-star product reviews for the service provided by Amazon/private sellers, and for Amazon's equating a different format to an entirely different product (when selected from a particular product page). These concerns should be addressed to the company directly; not left as a misleading 'review' of the actual product.