- Publisher: Etc Pubns (May 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882801163
- ISBN-13: 978-0882801162
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,487 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,142,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The introduction is excellent—it places Machiavelli's career and his writings in a persuasive historical context, underlines the inherent limitations of any interpretation that hails him as a 'modern man,' and is written with verve and brio."
—John D. O'Connor
University of New Orleans --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am pleased to have finally read The Prince and recommend this edition highly.
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.
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.
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.