- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Tra edition (6 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141395877
- ISBN-13: 978-0141395876
- Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.2 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (424 customer reviews)
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The Prince (Penguin Pocket Hardbacks) Hardcover – 6 Nov 2014
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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
[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"
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Over the years Machiavelli’s surname has been used as something rather negative, but to be honest it wasn’t always like that, and if you read this and think about it this does not come across. Machiavelli lived in turbulent times, not only just in Italy but throughout Europe, meaning that he had a lot to draw on when writing this short book of political philosophy. He had an acute eye for detail and an understanding of history, so he could see the same mistakes being made time and time again. He also knew human nature, and let’s face it whatever new technologies and ideas we come up with we as such will never change.
We see and hear politicians going on about ideals and what they are going to do for our betterment, but this will always fall short due to reality, and despite this still going on today Machiavelli made no bones in his discourses as he tells us about the real world, real problems and real ways to go about trying to find an answer.Read more ›
Remember, the "Prince" is someone who holds a position of power, or is destined to or wishes to hold a position of power, and the book is the manifesto that that individual must adhere to in order to attain and sustain power.
You can understand why The Prince continues to take people by surprise, but with an open mind you can understand where Machiavelli is coming from, although most people would disagree with the slightly barbaric tone that runs throughout.
A vital book to own for any political thinker, student or someone who simply holds an interest in political theory and history or even the history of Italy.
"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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Good translation, great price and of course an excellent and easy to read classic of a book.Published 18 days ago by Kristopher Cussans
A present for my son. He's nearly 17 and it's his initiation into the contrived and stinking rotten world of politics. Read morePublished 26 days ago by DC
A must-read for anyone interested in politics; "The Prince" is the first attempt at creating what we today call 'realpolitik'. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kalah
Always wanted to read this, not everybody's book, but interesting.Published 1 month ago by Nello Mauri
The prince is the prince. But the print quality is poor. Cover starts to wear fast. Purchase another print from another resellerPublished 1 month ago by Mohammed Sawaie
Did genius create evil or evil genius?
The prince is truly a masterpiece concerning the life and death of an autocratic reign.
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