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The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Niccolò Machiavelli

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As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler. His fascination with that political rarity and his intense desire to see the Medici family assume a similar role in Italy provided the foundation for his "primer for princes." In this classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power, Machiavelli used a rational approach to advise prospective rulers, developing logical arguments and alternatives for a number of potential problems, among them governing hereditary monarchies, dealing with colonies and the treatment of conquered peoples. Refreshing in its directness, yet often disturbing in its cold practicality, The Prince sets down a frighteningly pragmatic formula for political fortune. Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century, this calculating prescription for power remains today, nearly 500 years after it was written, a timely and startling lesson in the practice of autocratic rule that continues to be much read and studied by students, scholars and general readers as well.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (30 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TVLPI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars gwfarm reviews a classic 9 May 2014
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This book should be required reading for every person who wants to lead any organization, from the smallest to the President of the United States. Though written half a millennium ago, the principles of this book are timeless, and his recommendations for application of the principles still are relevant.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Reading 21 Mar 2014
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This is a classic about how to run a government to stay in power and suit your own needs. Considering what the author saw in his lifetime and how much history he references, he did a good job, although I personally don’t think that this is HOW a person should rule. But now I understand politicians even better than I did before. This seems required reading for today's American government. Well, that's my bias. I enjoyed this classic which can wake us up from our naiveté and show us what the powers in DC are often really up to.
5.0 out of 5 stars good advice 18 Mar 2014
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which you can see at work today, metaphorically, in business and politics. Everyone references Machiavelli, and very few have read it, so - read it. Short and entertaining.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Prince at a price. 7 Feb 2014
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The timeless book by Machiavelli is as practical and useful in message today as it was in the time it was penned. It's as important in application as the Tao te Ching or the Art of War in life's many travels.
I've considered this to be one of the must read books in books life and was glad to find it at a great price.
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