- 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)
- See Complete Table of Contents
Management and Machiavelli Paperback – 19 Feb 1987
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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