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Machiavelli was a real genius completely disregarding all ideologies of his time, mostly religious and seeing things as they were. Amazing to remember 20th century that got hundreds of millions killed presumably for various ideologies.
Did Hitler and Stalin read Machiavelli? I do not think so and neither did, of course, Hirohito who can be, perhaps, somewhat excused since he may have had difficulties with European languages.
Machiavelli has for some reasons rather bad reputation. As I see it is inevitable - ideology still rules in many different forms that contradict fundamentally each other.
Bad reputation, indeed. With the help of Wikipedia I found out at least two problems posteriority (way before our times) found him a bad guy.
First he was blamed for St. Bartholomew night that was, as many of us learned, a major massacre of Huguenots in France.
The second critic was Frederic of Germany (kind of) also called for some reasons the Great. With critics like that the guy needs some defense. This review, of course, will not change anything but one old Czech man living in California has to try anyway.
Is this book required reading for all courses of 'political science' on all of our places of higher education? One would hope so.
Five stars. Not many books deserve that.
Machiavelli not only provides his own insight into what he sees as an effective "prince" in order to persuade his reader but also forces the reader to think about effectiveness of the leaders and political systems within their own time.
As to the translation, it is excellently well done. It's in very modern English, this being a quite recent translation. Be sure to read the preface and translations notes for more on this.
The book itself is quite small and could fit in your pocket.
To be able to read and understand this book correctly, you must be prepared to spend some time understanding the politics and conflicts of the time. That being said, it's the only way to do it and be able to grasp more than surface conclusions. Being able to read and understand the work changed my understanding of not just politics, but also my interactions with different groups both socially and in my work life.
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