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Frederick of Prussia: The Refutation of Machiavelli's Prince of Anti-Machiavel Hardcover – 1981

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Frederick shares his views 18 Feb. 2002
By Jeanne Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This delightful and hard to find book, translated with only minor variations, does include the 2nd chapter from Voltaire, as it was missing from the original manuscript. Frederick is threatened it would seem by the writings of " The Prince" in the hands of mere political overachievers. He is constantly referring to the difference in the beliefs of Kings and "would be" princes. Frederick picks Machiavelli's writing apart line by line and deserves a second read with "The Prince" close at hand. An integeral link to the real Frederick of Prussia.
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Three stars is perhaps too much... 10 Mar. 2005
By S. Redwine III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When Frederick wrote this book, he was still the crown prince of Prussia and stationed at an army post waiting for his father to die. It was at this point in his life that Frederick furthered his education by reading on his own.

His Refutation of Machiavelli's Prince, has one main problem, it fails to understand the context in which Machiavelli was writing. It almost appears that Frederick assumes Machiavelli to be one of his contemporaries and interperets Machiavelli's analyses to be attacks on kingship (contemporary to Frederick in the form of absolute monarchy) itself. Frederick, attempting to refute Machiavelli, line by line, chapter by chapter often devolves into long rants against points Frederick, more often than not, has misinterpereted. In doing so, Frederick loses one of the great advantages of the Prince, he doesn't keep his work short.

Frederick does have several redeeming virtues in his critique. Among them that he has attempted to show the potential for abuse of the Prince which could be used for. He shows also the feeling among those who believed in monarchy about Machiavelli. He demonstrates a passion for the subject.
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