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on 30 July 2017
This is excellence. The translation is fluent and clear. This book should be read in schools, on streets, at houses, shortly everywhere and everyday. A very honest and realistic account of how politics actually works, very differently from how we all desperately expect and wish it to work. I shall say no more because the writing on Niccolo Machiavelli's grave already gives an answer to my passionate desire to praise this gentleman: TANTO NOMINI NULLUM PAR ELOGIUM (with such a name, there is no need for eulogy).
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on 22 October 2016
Niccolo Machiavelli is the guy people refer too when they say that some one is "Machiavellian" which is to say incredibly ruthless. This came about mainly because of this book the Prince which is based on the advice Machiavelli gave to his king. A powerful book to dip into when you want to see things ruthlessly and objectively.
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on 21 April 2013
My god this is good. One might think it's a touch sceptical about the world but once you're actually living it you do realise that there are a lot of thugs about, here he describes how to get your way as opposed to someone else having theirs over you. It is not an abuse of power book, it assumes responsibility and describes some techniques to maintain that responsibility and authority safely and for a reasonable cost. It is not a book to tell one how to get one over on colleagues necessarily, or how to rise to be a captain of this or that. A touch more subtle, it might just prepare one for some of the excesses of human behaviour, when to recognise when someone is being a touch selfish, how and why they might be doing it.
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on 27 January 2014
This is a very interesting document - a basis for future political science and philosophy. The translation is quite good and the book fairly easy to read despite its age. Machiavelli's views and advice to rulers are very interesting, and it is fun to see how they also apply to World history after the book was written. The only negative comment is to the author's attempt to interpret Machiavelli's purpose of writing the book. Apperantly numerous authors have throughout history tried to find a number of deeper explanations - other than the obvious - to try and get a job from the new rulers of Florence.
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on 24 July 2015
A good version of a classic book. The introductory text and explanation is well written and easy to follow, The actual book can be a little heavy going at times but that's not surprising. Despite being written over 500 years ago this book is amazingly accurate in it's analysis of power from both a conceptual and practical standpoint. Many of the ideas and lessons remain utterly relevant today. This edition is well designed and is made from good quality materials.
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on 4 December 2015
Purchased for my History course. Very useful introduction to this edition that sets the scene and gives you a very clear insight into Machiavelli, his times and works. Text size of this edition was adequate for me, but may be a little small for others.

A thoroughly enjoyable read and definitely one of those books that everyone should probably read at least once.
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on 12 May 2015
Essential reading for those who would wield power, either in business or in politics, this used to be a book that you would either borrow from a library or seek secondhand in your university bookshop. Now it is in e-book format, perhaps more people will read and absorb its wisdom. The language is not archaic enough to be a challenge in itself, and the messages are clear. I wonder how many African and Arab leaders have read it?
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on 9 December 2016
Machiavelli is not the arch-demon or despot that his name has become associated with but an acute observer of the systems of power and how best to,use it to produce desired outcomes. While princes these days are thin on the ground, this book, along with T'sun Tsu's The Art of War, should be required reading for every student of politics. Don't let the slim size fool you. There is much more meat than meets the eye on the first pass.
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on 13 April 2015
Brilliant. If you want to know how to behave in a crowd of back stabbing people, this is the book for you. Jokes aside, Machiavelli had an acute eye for human nature and how best to foil the plans of others by clever, cunning actions. A must read if you want to improve your confidence, and stance in the work place, and anywhere else. The Prince can be ruthless but then so is the world with its greed and exploitation.
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on 10 May 2015
I first read The Prince in business school, and coming back to it now simply reinforces this book's value as the seminal work of strategic thinking, applicable to business, warfare, and every aspect of influence. Hopefully, its availability as an ebook should now ensure it reaches a wider audience, because it should be required reading for anyone contemplating leadership as a career path.
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