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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly modern and readable.
"The Prince" is a sort of handbook for those who aspire to absolute power and is full of advice on how to obtain it and, more importantly, on how to hang on to it! The book establishes the notion of the perfect ruler (the eponymous "prince") and describes by a series of maxims how such a state of perfection might be achieved.

His precepts for aspirant rulers...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying
The Prince is The Prince, and it's a book well worth reading, but you already knew that. What you didn't know from looking at the description is a third of this edition is an excerpt of a book written by the author of the introduction. I bought The Prince to read The Prince, not to read what boils down to a massive advertisement.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying, 21 Dec 2012
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The Prince is The Prince, and it's a book well worth reading, but you already knew that. What you didn't know from looking at the description is a third of this edition is an excerpt of a book written by the author of the introduction. I bought The Prince to read The Prince, not to read what boils down to a massive advertisement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 3 Jun 2013
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TerryR (Washington, Tyne and Wear, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is NOT, as you may think, a translated copy of Machiavelli's work, but a subjective analysis of it. Although that analysis is pretty good and worth reading, the book turned out not to be what I was looking for.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All Princes are not equal, 29 Jan 2014
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I'm not here to review the subject matter, there are enough of those on here already.

Make sure you get the right translation though. The cheaper ones I guess are old translations that are no longer in copyright, and the language really obscures the meaning in the text. If you don't want to be re-reading the same enormous sentences over and over again, stump up the extra few quid and plump for a more modern interpretation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly modern and readable., 18 Nov 2013
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"The Prince" is a sort of handbook for those who aspire to absolute power and is full of advice on how to obtain it and, more importantly, on how to hang on to it! The book establishes the notion of the perfect ruler (the eponymous "prince") and describes by a series of maxims how such a state of perfection might be achieved.

His precepts for aspirant rulers are justified by examples and anecdotes not only from antiquity but also from his own time to demonstrate the successful application of his axioms. He also adduces plenty of anecdotes and examples to illustrate the folly of those who have failed to heed the dictums he identifies.

This might suggest that "The Prince" is rather dry and academic but it is rescued from this by the clarity of Machiavelli's thought and his literary skill: also by the wonderful stories he presents to demonstrate the virtues and follies of the powerful individuals who have either heeded or disregarded the fundamental principles he has discovered. These stories provide profound insights into human nature, particularly in its rapacious aspects. However, it must be stressed that the circumstances Machiavelli describes can be extrapolated to almost any genre or context and are not confined to the political.
It was first published in 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death, yet it is surprisingly modern and readable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncovering the art of politics, 12 May 2012
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Niccolo Machiavelli's book was written in the mid 16th century; this is a later translation from the 17th century converted into ebook format. There are a couple of issues with the format on the Kindle; some missing page breaks, and some odd sentence breaks. The ebook version also includes a couple of additional items written by Machiavelli later in his life.

"The Prince" of the title is merely a generic label for a leader, rather than a given level of nobility. The main book is a study of the concept of leadership, and particularly the application of politics within a nation or state. It is based upon a very careful study of the leaders of the time, especially within Italy and from the classical period of Greece and Rome. Although written some 500 years ago, most of the precepts can be seen to have been relevant throughout the intervening period and in many ways are still pertinent today.

In fact some of the material could equally be applied within large organisations; examine the biographies of some of the most famous business leaders and entrepeneurs, and you will see many of the factors that enabled them to rise up being the same that Machiavelli identified as being desirable in a great leader. It does perhaps portray a certain level of cynicism and certainly indicates the ruthlessness that is required to become a political figure; and it is this that has made the name of Machiavelli synonymous with political intrigue.

In many ways, this book is to political governance, what Sun-Tzu's "Art of War" was to the concept of military leadership. Careful study will reveal a lot of valuable advice and information; and although not the easiest book to read, the end result is well worth the effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Complex account of renaissance political shenanigans, 24 Feb 2014
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The Prince is not a long book but the account of politics in Florence and the other Italian renaissances states is very detailed and the endless cast of characters makes it difficult to follow at times. The writing is pretty turgid at times. The political statecraft outlined in the Prince feels less revelatory than it should; perhaps we are too used to the term 'Machiavellian' being applied to even the most mediocre political plotters, that there was little in the book that read like the work of a master strategist. Overall a slight disappointment
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 6 Jan 2014
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Yes its a classic but I found it heavy going as its written in an olde worlde manner .Very interesting in parts very leaden in others. Worth wading through if just to understand the rules that politician seem to play by .a bit scary really .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can see why, 27 Aug 2013
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It is a good hand book for ruling a regime.
Would be appropriate in some arrears today and would agree with some of the observations.
It was surprising that he agreed with brutality considering it had been used on him.
I think his reputation is somewhat maligned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Aug 2013
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Absolutely fantastic, devious, genius and really really good.
I enjoyed reading this very much and I would reccommend it to anyone who has an interest in history.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Work in European History, 13 Jan 2011
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Many courses in modern European History begin with this work, and understandably so. It is really hard to tell sometimes whether Machiavelli was writing a manual for the amoral or a satire of the same. It has been read as both, and so much of our history seems to derive from the Machiavellian principles in this book. If nothing else, it tells us a good deal about the politics of Italy as it emerged into the modern period.

I read this as an interested reader, not to study it. Thus I have no great insights into the work, but anoyone interested in European history should probably take a look.

And this particular Kindle edition is free, which is as good as it gets.
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