The Prince

The Prince

Book - 1961
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The Prince shocked Europe on publication with its ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) came to be regarded by some as an agent of the Devil and his name taken for the intriguer 'Machevill' of Jacobean tragedy. For his treatise on statecraft Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, The Prince has become the bible of realpolitik, and still retains its power to alarm and to instruct.

In this edition Machiavelli's tough-minded and pragmatic Italian is preserved in George Bull's clear, unambiguous translation, while Anthony Grafton's introduction depicts his world of power struggles and intrigue, and discusses his role as political teacher of Europe.

Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin, c1961.
ISBN: 9780140449150
Additional Contributors: Grafton, Anthony
Bull, George


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Mar 02, 2018

Central lesson here is that the end shall justify the means. This isn't always true in some case.

Dec 31, 2017

Some might find this book cold, but it is quite logical, if you accept Machiavelli's assumptions. It helps to try to imagine the world as it was five centuries ago. I was particularly intrigued by his argument as to how religion can be a useful tool for rulers.
This is one of those classics that I waited entirely too long to read. If you're interested in theories of government, or a guide to governing, as Machiavelli intended, whether in other countries or in our own currently hyperpartisan country, this is a good one to read.

Sep 23, 2017

This little book is basically boring; it is touted as an instruction manual lfor gaining and maintaining power--the tenets might have worked in the days when Italian men wore pantaloons and codpieces(I imagine they still do--they carry purses and are generally pretty limp-wristed) and big frilly lace collars. George Washington is a much better example of how to maintain; and give up power.

Jan 26, 2017

Very interesting read on how best to rule a principality in a multitude of circumstances and pertaining to many difficulties and questions a person might have so as to help a ruler understand what the best course of action may be in their case by looking towards the past.
Most of book has knowledge that I personally will likely never use in my life, but it was more captivating than I thought it would be. I liked the second half of the book more than the first, where Machiavelli explains how a Prince should act and such- I could relate to it more than the parts describing the best military to have and such.
Good book, especially if you're into (Renaissance Age) politics.
Oh! Apparently if you have to choose between being feared and loved, also choose fear, but if you have the opportunity to achieve the status of both, seize it.
And above all, it doesn't matter if you are feared or loved, so long as you are not hated.
Very interesting indeed

Jul 21, 2016

The Prince is one of my favorite books of all. Having been in a leadership role before, I found this book to be a veritable manual for quality leadership and of human nature. While Machiavelli's applications of the leadership he expounds upon are clearly corrupt and tyrannous, when the reader looks not at his applications, but at his principles, great truths appear. Yes, what the reader sees in the book are the ultimate extremes of strong leadership, without the guidance of virtue, love, or grace. But in between these corrupt, power-hungry extensions, of Machiavelli's own addition, I found myself constantly underlining quotes of great value, and not tasting of corruption at all. There, qualities such as industriousness, avoidance of hatred, active and constant search for truth, and consistency of character.

Feb 26, 2016

A great translation. After reading this- I can see how people try and shoehorn Machiavelli's template for ruling as Prince into ruling a business. After reading this - I can also see how misguided that shoehorning is. A fascinating take on how to get and maintain power, I'm interested in reading his Discourses to see his take on republic rule instead of monarch

Apr 04, 2015

Returned on the 24th

7Liberty7 Nov 14, 2014

Machiavelli's "The Prince" can be summed up in a few words: "The 16th Century Manuel to Get and Preserve Personal Power."

Oct 09, 2009

After reading the book that I had heard so much about, it was nothing like people had described to me. Makes me wonder if they've actually read it.

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