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Management and Machiavelli Paperback – 19 Feb 1987

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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Business Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (19 Feb. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009169941X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091699413
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I first read this book as a recommended text at University in the late 1970's. It's usefulness hasn't diminished one jot in the intervening years. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat past mistakes....
in this book Anthony Jay (Jim Callaghan's son in law IIRC) compares corporate behaviour in the past with political behaviour. All management seems to be the same, only the scale of the system is different.
From the thoughtful, emotional Yogi to the bull-at-a-gate Commissar, we have all experienced different management types in our working life and in the government of this once great country of ours. This book will have you rating our current crop of deadheads against the damned fools and charlatans of the past .... it is indeed as candid and truthful as "murderous Machiavel" was in his instruction to the titular "Prince" of his seminal work.

Buy it. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down; and this book leavens instruction and examples with humour to an extent that will make all readers better managers.
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Antony Jay is best known as the co-author of "Yes Minister" but in the 60's and 70's he wrote two excellent books about how corporations work.

"Management and Machiavelli" describes the functioning of modern businesses by comparison with the world of the renaissance era, with illuminating references to books of the period such as Machiavelli's "The Prince" and Milton's "paradise lost".

This is possibly the most entertaining management book every written, but it is also full of insights and has dated very little in the many years since it was written. If you are interested in pursuing the ideas in this book, Jay's view of how teams of people interact were developed further in his slightly more recent work, "Corporation man."
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How great writers of the past can provide surprising insights. I know the book well and was buying it for my undergraduate grandson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Study of Manaement at the Grass roots level 2 Oct. 2013
By John J. Kenny - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a copy previously and lent it out and never got it back. It was almost the status of a bible when working on my M.S.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival-not what should be 28 Feb. 2013
By pachy - Published on Amazon.com
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With all due respect to Drucker, Porter, Covey and all of the other "gurus/geniuses/advocates" of management philosophy - all they talk about is what "should be".

Antony Jay - and remember this was written in 1967 - 46 years ago - tells you how to survive.

His warnings against Islam, the Papacy, oil embargoes, government are prescient.

His most important dictum:

Never wound the king - not in politics, not in business.

There are several books that everyone should read (not in any specific order) - in high school or at least during their first year in college:

1. Management and Machiavelli -Antony Jay - better than Gordon Gekko
2. The Buffalo Creek Disaster - Gerald M. Stern - death and suffering with total corporate disregard, a precursor to Bopal, BP in the Gulf, Love Canal and others
3. Conquest By Law - Lindsay G. Robertson - how the US, backed by the Supreme Court, destroyed Native Americans
4. Slavery Defended - Eric L. McKitrick, and no, before anyone attacks this book or me as for "defending slavery" please realize that this is a collection of articles written circa the early and mid 1800's as a defense of slavery - to point out their hypocrisy, their inconsistency and their total idiocy.
5. Gideon's Trumpet - Anthony Lewis - this is not a story about a black-skinned, drug-addicted NBA player, unwed father of 17 who shot his girl friend - it is about a semi-illterate poor, homeless white man who did not get justice, and how he finally survived.
6. The Elements of Style Strunk and White - so you can right godder than you could befour you red the book
7. They Have No Rights - Walter Ehrlich - the politics of the Dred Scott decision, as bad as the skin color politics of today

I'll bet that most of our local, state and federal elected officials haven't even heard of them
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unrecognized Management Classic 25 Feb. 2013
By HighlyDiscerning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Management and Machiavelli: An Inquiry into the Politics of Corporate Life" by British author, Antony Jay, should rate as one of the all time management classics, but has been largely overlooked by both industrial/political leaders and academics. Jay masterfully applies Machiavelli's principles to modern day organizations and through historical example illustrates their continued validity. Far from William Shakespeare's vilification ("Richard III"), Jay presents a compelling case how modern leaders would do well to follow Machiavelli's leadership guidance and what they can learn from the 15th Century Florentine. Well-written and lively, "Management and Machiavelli" is certain to add to any Leader's motivational portfolio.
5.0 out of 5 stars Management + Machiavelli: A Tome for Our Times 5 Feb. 2009
By R. A. Cramblitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There's no shortage of business books that posit a theory based on anecdotal evidence and provide little practical information about how to run a corporation. Antony Jay fills a void with Management + Machiavelli. It's amazing how relevant strategies from 450 years ago are to managing today's companies. If you manage in a company with 400+ employees, or aspire to that position, this book is for you.
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