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Professor Skinner presents a lucid analysis of Machiavelli's text as a response both to the world of Florentine politics, and as an attack on the advice-books for princes published by a number of his contemporaries. This new edition includes notes on the principal events in Machiavelli's life, and on the vocabulary of The Prince, as well as biographical notes on characters in the text.

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The Price 1 Aug. 2013
By Johnny Aman - Published on
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I had to buy this book for a class called War and Justice. I have since reread it multiple times. It is wonderful. A real look into Realist Politics.
Classic! 29 Nov. 2013
By Chris Lovett - Published on
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I very good read, classic literature that is very relevant in political thought today. A must read for every library.
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THIS IS A TOUGH ONE 10 July 2004
By Steven Travers - Published on
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Machiavellism is a name often given to politicians who have no ideals other that to get what they want, which is to achieve power. Fair enough, and I cannot argue that point. But at the same time, there are aspects of Machiavellianism, which actually is now called realpolitic more than Machiavelli, that are essential in modern politics, especially campaigning and warfare, or more appropriately, the politics of pre-war.
The crux of the author's advice to the The Prince is that it is better to be feared or respected than loved, which certainly parallels America's post-9/11 place in the world. There are times in which it is appropriate and better to be loved, but obviously this is a calculated act. It reminds me of how the Clintons did polling to determine what would be the most popular place to vacation for them with the public, or how after Moncia they "allowed" cameras to "capture" them, "cuddling" in bathing suits, or how Clinton walked into Ron Brown's funeral telling a big you-know-what-eating joke until he saw cameras, then wiped a fake tear from his eye. Pure Machiavellianism.
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Interesting read 29 Jan. 2012
By Erika L. Minjarez - Published on
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I had to read this book for one of my classes. It was an interesting read that went by pretty quickly.
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Great book 19 July 2004
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People so twisted, disturbed and lonely as to use a book review as yet another excuse to lash out at a man who left office four years ago, even though the book has nothing to do with that man, may not be Machiavellian ... but they sure are pathetic. One wonders how their life got to be this empty.
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