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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (11 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780199555550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199555550
  • ASIN: 0199555559
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 13 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was a Florentine statesman who was later forced out of public life. He then devoted himself to studying and writing political philosophy, history, fiction, and drama.

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...a great author requires a careful translator; and it is befitting for Conaway Bondanella and Bondanella, in presenting a text translated from Italian to English, to assert that Machiavelli has been misunderstood because of poor translations. (Sixteenth Century Journal)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good translation, interesting academic read 1 Nov. 2012
By Amelia Lloyd-Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Discourses on Livy was perhaps Machiavelli's best work although not as famous as The Prince. The book revealed his fundamental preference for a republican state. Machiavelli consistently compared the practice of the ancient Romans to contemporary Italy. His republican theories were dangerous ideas during his lifetime. Based on historical evidence gleaned from Livy, Machiavelli's work was divided into three separate books: (1) decisions regarding the city of Rome, (2) the expansion of the empire, and (3) the preservation and protection of the Roman state.

Machiavelli's comparisons of Rome to Florence were fascinating. The new translation of this book had hundreds of annotions which added historical and political information about Machiavelli's life time. Although the book was lengthy, Machiavelli divided his themes into smaller treatises of about two to three pages in length making it easier for the reader to analyze the content. Machiavelli was a witty writer who expressed his opinions in bold language.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Opus by a Genius 26 Nov. 2012
By Secruss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Machiavelli goes into great historical detail and through great intellectal reasoning to present his arguments on how a Republic should be organized and run. It's rather easy to read, as Machiavelli has chaptered up this book into singular topics.

Aiding in reading, this version has historical notes in the back to explain references Machiavelli makes about contemporary events that he does not go into detail on.

This book has easily had more impact on my life and thinking than any other.
Great edition by J 1 Dec. 2014
By Patricia Vilches - Published on Amazon.com
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Great edition by J.C. Bondanella and P. Bondanella. A must read for those who want to better understand Machiavelli.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Discourses on Livy 12 July 2013
By W. Dunning - Published on Amazon.com
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Truthfully, I have not yet read it. I am still reading Livy as background to the Discourses. I f elt that one should read Livy first in order to get a sense of what Machiavelli was saying in the Discourses. Because Machiavelli is most famous for "The Prince," he has gain a "reputation" mostly for that book. The Discourses will show that Machiavelli is much more than "The Prince" and that he was an important, thoughtful analyst of politics.
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Machiavelli 13 Jun. 2010
By Claudette V. Chirinos - Published on Amazon.com
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This classical from Machiavelli cannot be missed as a reference material to a dissertation in leadership, human behavior, and the dark side of leadership. Thank you, for your prompt delivery.
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