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The Prince (Bantam Classics) (1532)

by Niccolò Machiavelli

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Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor THE PRINCE even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. In THE PRINCE he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.… (more)
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Fun in a pragmatic sort of way. Great overview of the incentives that rulers face. ( )
  KeithHazen | Mar 14, 2020 |
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  OberlinSWAP | Aug 1, 2015 |
A must read for an one developing ethics. ( )
  geniemagik | Dec 5, 2013 |
The Prince is a staple in politics and political reading. While Machiavelli and his principals aren't the best, they're still in use today, showing the timelessness of The Prince. ( )
  06nwingert | Feb 27, 2010 |
Six out of ten. Typically described as a guidebook for politicians, it's insight into people and groups does make some of the lessons quite applicable to everyday life, for example dealing with workmates or family or to help understand exactly what the PM's latest communication was meant to achieve. Honestly, however, the chapters on keeping mercenaries loyal is of little benefit to anyone. ( )
  theboylatham | Jan 25, 2010 |
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To the Magnificent Lorenzo Di Piero De' Medici:

Those who strive to obtain the good graces of a prince are
accustomed to come before him with such things as they hold most
precious, or in which they see him take most delight; whence one
often sees horses, arms, cloth of gold, precious stones, and
similar ornaments presented to princes, worthy of their greatness.
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Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor THE PRINCE even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. In THE PRINCE he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.

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