- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (8 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140449159
- ISBN-13: 978-0140449150
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Prince (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 8 May 2003
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[Machiavelli] can still engage our attention with remarkable immediacy, and this cannot be explained solely by the appeal of his ironic observations on human behaviour. Perhaps the most important thing is the way he can compel us to reflect on our own priorities and the reasoning behind them; it is this intrusion into our own defenses that makes reading him an intriguing experience. As a scientific exponent of the political art Machiavelli may have had few followers; it is as a provocative rhetorician that he has had his real impact on history. from the Introduction by Dominic Baker-Smith"
About the Author
Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527) was appointed secretary and Second Chancellor to the Florentine Republic in 1498. He was dismissed from his post in 1512 and forced to withdraw from public life, after which time he wrote THE PRINCE, a handbook for rulers. GEORGE BULL translated widely from the Italian, including for Penguin Classics including Cellini's 'Autobiography' and Vasari's 'Lives of the Artists'. ANTHONY GRAFTON teaches European intellectual history at Princeton University.
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Men who are anxious to win the favour of a Prince nearly always follow the custom of presenting themselves to him with the possessions they value most, or with things they know especially please him; so we often see princes given horses, weapons, cloth of gold, precious stones, and similar ornaments worthy of their high position. Read the first page
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The translator explains why he translated The Prince in this style. He also gives a good background to the political situation in early 16th century Italy, when Machiavelli was writing.
The Prince includes references to politicians and statesmen during that era, so there's a brief history of their lives at the back of the book.
What struck me was that although sometimes Machiavelli has a manipulative approach to statemanship, in general his advice is full of insight. In other words, Machiavelli is less Machiavellian than I expected.
Machiavelli based his work in The Prince upon his basic understanding of human nature. He held that people are motivated by fear and envy, by novelty, by desire for wealth, power and security, and by a hatred of restriction. In the Italy in which he was writing, democracy was an un-implemented Greek philosophical idea, not a political structure with a history of success; thus, one person's power usually involved the limitation of another person's power in an autocratic way.
Machiavelli did not see this as a permanent or natural state of being -- in fact, he felt that, during his age, human nature had been corrupted and reduced from a loftier nobility achieved during the golden ages of Greece and Rome. He decided that it was the corrupting influence of Christianity that had reduced human nature, by its exaltation of meekness, humility, and otherworldliness.Read more ›
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Everyone knows the gist of The Prince I think, so I won't write a long review.
A lot of good points and strategies in there, but quite a dry read - good job it's short!
It is obviously a good book and a classic. However, what I found odd about Machiavelli after reading this book was that Machiavelli's ideas were actually less Machiavellian than I... Read morePublished 14 days ago by K
Dover thrift - books you can happily give away or scribble notes on without that awful sacrilegious feeling.Published 26 days ago by Tim R
Purchased for my History course. Very useful introduction to this edition that sets the scene and gives you a very clear insight into Machiavelli, his times and works. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fern
II found the writing style very difficult to follow at first. The long sentences with many inserted additional points hard to follow and keep the main thread going. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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