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The Prince (1532)

by Niccolò Machiavelli

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Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied.
  1. 131
    Utopia by Thomas More (2below)
    2below: Each one is fascinating in its own right but I think reading both (or reading them concurrently, as I did) provides an interesting perspective on two seemingly opposed extremes.
  2. 93
    The Republic by Plato (caflores)
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    Maxims and Reflections by Francesco Guicciardini (timoroso)
    timoroso: Guicciardini, a friend and colleague of Machiavelli, wrote a book of maxims sometimes profound in themselves, other times interesting to compare to Machiavelli's opinions. The subject matter for both is essentially the same: how to act in a politically and ethically thoroughly unstable world.… (more)
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    Chief Works of Benedict De Spinoza: A Theologico-Political Treatise and a Political Treatise by Benedict de Spinoza (caflores)
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    The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione (caflores)
  6. 11
    Machiavelli by Herfried Münkler (MeisterPfriem)
    MeisterPfriem: Münkler discusses and places Machiavelli in the context of the political and economic realities facing Florence in the second half of the 15th century as well as within the intellectual history of political thought from Antiquity and Medieval ages. This is an immensely thorough work. Published in 1982 it takes into consideration all important relevant literature .… (more)
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    On the Nature of War by Carl von Clausewitz (sirparsifal)
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    The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (Othemts)
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Ciruelo, Othemts)
    Ciruelo: Really. Both are classic studies in the workings of power.
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  laplantelibrary | Apr 26, 2022 |
It only gets three stars because it was a school assigned reading, and i've read better books that were school assigned. ( )
  xofelf | Apr 5, 2022 |
The Prince was not exactly what I expected. It was short, but I found it took a few days to read because my mind kept wandering. There were a lot of references to people and places that I was unfamiliar with. I think I would have liked it more if I was more familiar with 16th century European history or if I had an edition that was annotated with more information about that time. Overall, I was able to absorb the main points of each section and some of it could be relevant today, but a lot of it is no longer relevant (at least in the same way) in modern day leadership of nations. ( )
  Cora-R | Mar 29, 2022 |
The book advocates few strategies a Prince (one who inherits or acquires by means of force or otherwise) should follow to acquire a new principality , how to hold it successfully once he gets there and more importantly ,how the success is defined. The subject matter is outdated of course ,but not the lessons . There are many precious gems that can be found through the pages of this book such as "He(a prince) who believes that new benefits will cause great personages to forget old injuries is deceived" or "If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared" .These may seem too cruel or deceptive at first glance (which in a way it is ) ,but if you want to reach the top of ladder , deception and politics come as the part of the package deal.

We may not have Princes or Principalities now ,but we have Presidents and CEOs ,managers and employees ,the ones who Rule and the ones who get ruled . This a pretty good handbook if you wish to be in the former section ,or at least recognise it when you are at the receiving end of it. ( )
  RupaliP29 | Feb 11, 2022 |
هو دليل سياسي من القرن السادس عشر فيه نصائح واستراتيجيات تساعد الأمراء في بسط نفوذهم وتوطيد سلطتهم في الحرب والسلم، مثل كيفية إقامة الأحلاف وتشكيل الجيوش وتقويض الرعية. يفسر فيه ميكافيللي لماذا تبرر الغايات الوسائل، حتي لو كانت وحشية. وبفضل هذا الكتاب، أصبحت كلمة "ميكافيللي" مرادفة لاستخدام الخداع في تحقيق المآرب. ( )
  TonyDib | Jan 28, 2022 |
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Kad je reč o umešnosti vladanja, ovo nezaobilazno delo bilo je i ostalo neprevaziđeno. Postalo je pojam!

Delo nastalo na velikom raskršću istorije, kada se odlučno odbacuje srednjovekovno metafizičko učenje i usvajaju empirički metodi razmišljanja, predstavlja ujedno fascinantno svedočanstvo razlaza između mita i realnosti, između vere i sumnje. Ovaj biser renesansne političke misli karakteriše realistično posmatranje političkih događaja i visoke moralne pobude koje su inspirisale autora. Vladalac je samo prividno apoteoza tiranina i kodeks pravila za ubijanje, čitav traktat o vladaocu svodi se na to da se u Italiji pronađe čovek koji će je ujediniti. Život i delo ovog poznatog firentinca obeležavaju kao teoretičara o osnivanju i održavanju država.
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Niccolo Machiavelli to Lorenzo the Magnificent, Son of Piero di Medici
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All the states, all the dominions under whose authority men have lived in the past and live now have been and are either republics or principalities.
It is customary for those who wish to gain the favour of a prince to endeavour to do so by offering him gifts of those things which they hold most precious, or in which they know him to take especial delight.
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Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied.

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli nacque a Firenze il 3 maggio del 1469. Terzo figlio dei guelfi Bernardo e Bartolomea Nelli, iniziò a studiare latino quando aveva sette anni. In seguito si dedicò anche allo studio di altre discipline, tra cui la grammatica, la matematica e l’aritmetica. Fin da giovane nutrì un forte interesse per la politica, passione che lo portò a ricoprire la carica di segretario della Seconda Cancelleria della Repubblica Fiorentina, intrattenendo rapporti diplomatici con la Francia e con altri paesi stranieri e svolgendo un ruolo fondamentale nella vita politica fiorentina di quel periodo. Mantenne l’incarico fino al 1512, quando i Medici rientrarono a Firenze. Esiliato dal mondo politico, Machiavelli si dedicò alla scrittura. In questo periodo iniziò “Discorsi sulla prima Deca di Tito Livio” e scrisse quella che divenne la sua opera più conosciuta, il “De principatibus”, divenuto successivamente noto con il titolo “Il Principe”. Nonostante i numerosi tentativi di rientrare a svolgere un ruolo attivo nella politica fiorentina, tutti i suoi sforzi risultarono vani. Storico, drammaturgo, filosofo, e uno dei maggiori teorici della politica italiani di tutti i tempi, Niccolò Machiavelli morì a Firenze il 21 giugno del 1527.
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