- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; Gift ed edition (3 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099518481
- ISBN-13: 978-0099518488
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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"An essential handbook for those who intend to succeed" (Rosemary Goring Herald)
"Everyone should have a copy of Machiavelli's The Prince, whose original purpose may have been to counsel Renaissance rulers in the art of statecraft but is still applicable to and, indeed, acted on by modern politicians and power-brokers" (Guardian)
"If one were to assign a single edition of Machiavelli's works, this most certainly would be it" (John. P. McCormick, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago)
"Peter Constantine has produced a sharp, fluent translation that will introduce The Prince to a new generation of English readers... The most striking - indeed shocking - feature of the book, expertly rendered by Constantine, is its cold blooded tone." (Michael Arditti Daily Telegraph)
A refreshingly accessible new translation of this timely and dynamic classic work about the corrupting effects of powerSee all Product description
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Machiavelli was commander of a mercenary army, hired by the Medicci Family, to take Pisa back. Mission accomplished he was subsequently imprisoned because as he posed too much of threat, to his masters. He decided to decant a lifetimes study of how great men come to and remain in power; as a gift. Written in a charming voice, not too ingratiating voice, the big plonker rejected it. Machiavelli was too clever by half; and the two hounds he had been given for hunting were far more fun.
Others saw the merit in it, and fortunately preserved it for us. Possibly the first self help book ever written, and if the Vatican had had its way, the last.
Psychopathic or extreme pragmatist, you decide about Machiavelli. He casually sizes up principalities for acquisition, like an asset stripper. He offers advice to both potential princes and their subjects. Written about five hundred years ago, it is astonishingly still true of life today. Is God up top pouring olive oil down the slope, while we struggle to push polenta up hill?
Read The Prince and your struggle with adversity, will be simplified.
Well after all they have read the book and .................... well you know the rest!