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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Prohyptikon Publishing Inc. (20 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981224415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981224411
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
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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

"ÝMachiavelli¨ 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" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Introduction by Dominic Baker-Smith; Translation by W. K. Marriott --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Prince explores the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power in the western world. Machiavelli wrote this to demonstrate his skill in the art of the state, presenting advice on how a prince might acquire and hold power. He defended the notion of rule by force rather than by law, he suggests that a prince/king must be violent but too violent as to start a revolt and strong but too strong as to be seen to be unable to take advice. An interesting book given the time in which it was written and how it is, unfortunately, still true and very much practiced in all parts of the world today.
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A must-read for anyone interested in politics; "The Prince" is the first attempt at creating what we today call 'realpolitik'. We all talk about writers like Machiavelli but how many people have actually read this book? It's fairly simple to understand, it's not too long and it's a very good piece of text to have read and placed in the back of your head as intellectual ballast.

This item is a small paperback book in a format suitable for reading anywhere. The quality is fair and the price quite reasonable.
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The Prince is a perceptive, profound and deeply honest representation of the human conditions -- good and bad. The observations, although carried out a few centuries ago, are timeless and somewhat disconcerting. However, the book provides an unparalleled insight into the workings of society and how one could navigate them and leave his/her imprint, so that after the expiration of his/her on this world the memories of that person are indelibly imprinted on the collective memories of those that come after him/her.
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A very interesting book about the necessity of using evil for the 'greater good'. Many people in positions of authority use it a kind of Bible. There are parallels between Machiavelli and Dante's political thinking in that both believe the only way to deal with the fractious politics of Italy at the time was through a centralised authority. To add to the enjoyment of the book, Machiavelli has some wonderfully poetic turns of phrase to explain his suggestions.
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Always wanted to read this, not everybody's book, but interesting.
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I was expecting it to be a literal translation. It was nothing of the sort.
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Machiavelli the don!
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Very comprehensible translation. The introduction is okay, lacks an attempt to explain the key concepts behind Machiavelli's work.
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