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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (27 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857080784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857080783
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Handbook for Leaders

The Prince is often regarded as the first true leadership book. It shocked contemporary readers with its ruthless call for fearless and effective action. With simple prose and straightforward logic, Machiavelli′s guide still has the power to surprise and inform anyone hoping to make their way in the world.

This keepsake edition includes an introduction by Tom Butler–Bowdon, drawing out lessons for managers and business leaders, and showing how The Prince remains vital reading for anyone in the realm of business or politics.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This often misquoted and misunderstood guide (generally by those who have never read or studied it) for those who aspire to political or organizational power is still relevant almost 500 years after its original 1532 publication. Machiavelli's name is now undeservedly a synonym for scheming, cynicism and ruthlessness: in fact `The Prince' is the work of a far-sighted and experienced realist which predicts in detail the outcome of any course of action undertaken by a ruler/leader/monarch/president/CEO (i.e. "Prince") who aspires to run any organization/state/conquered territory and clearly explains in plain language the way to succeed and maintain position.

In 26 succinct chapters each with a themed focus, the author outlines the consequences of a range of any would-be leader's actions with an impressive directness and brevity of language, making the book a concise but deep and information-packed `How to do it and avoid mistakes' guide to leadership. On the use of cruelty (despotism/tyranny in modern jargon) for example:

"Cruelty can be called `well-used' if executed at a single stroke out of necessity to secure one's power, and is then not continued but converted into the greatest possible benefit to one's subjects. Badly used cruelty...even if initially limited, increases with time...those who follow the first path can maintain their position ...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This new edition of The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, part of the Capstone Original Classic series, is beautifully presented as befits a work of this stature and importance. The pleasing cover design and layout make it an excellent gift. However, Tom Butler-Bowdon's lucid and engaging introduction, to a work he rightly describes as "timeless", is also worth possessing. He provides an excellent and very readable introduction to Machiavelli and his historical context and a laudable survey of his principal ideas. This fine essay is accompanied by a concise bullet-point summary of The Prince's main points, a timeline of the author's life, and details of his other works. Tom helps to set the record straight: Machiavelli was a political pragmatist not a monster. He condemns wanton vice and cruelty and says instead: "It is essential, therefore, for a Prince who desires to maintain his position, to have learned how to be other than good, and to use or not use his goodness as necessity requires." Sometimes force is necessary for the benefit of the state, according to this view, and difficult decisions lie ahead of any new ruler. Apart from being a classical work of political philosophy, The Prince arguably has something to offer the modern reader as a guide to life, in much the same way as Sun Tzu's The Art of War. It paints a picture of the ideal ruler as someone who faces adversity with a tough-minded realism but does so, ultimately, with noble aims. I highly recommend this edition of the "original classic" not only to those with an interest in politics and ethics, therefore, but to those seeking an alternative to the more saccharine forms of contemporary self-help.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bhav on 13 Aug. 2013
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This is a great book and not as controversial or ground-breaking as people may expect it to be. Very clearly written and an accurate analysis of the human psyche and how to lead the masses.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
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Those who have read one or more of the volumes that comprise Tom Butler-Bowdon's "50 Classics" series already know that he possesses superior reasoning and writing skills as well as a relentless curiosity when conducting research on history's greatest thinkers and their major works. For these and other reasons, I cannot think of another person better qualified to provide the introductions to the volumes that comprise a new series, "Capstone Classics."

Unlike so many others, he provides more, much more than a flimsy "briefing" to the given work. As Butler-Bowdon points out, "recent research has focused on [Machiavelli's] ethics and the fact that he was a genuine moral philosopher and well-rounded Renaissance man whose over riding wish was to be useful." This obviously challenges the mistaken but durable perception of Machiavelli as being "evil" by those who have never read The Prince and know even less about the age in which it was written.

Indeed, as Yale's Erica Benner suggests in Machiavelli's Ethics (published by Princeton University Press, 2009), The Prince is "best seen not as a guide on how to be ruthless or self-serving, but rather as a lens to see objectively the prevailing views of the day, and to open the eyes of the reader to the motives of others.
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