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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince (original 1532; edition 2003)

by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Title:The Prince
Authors:Niccolo Machiavelli
Info:Dante University of America Press (2003), Paperback, 146 pages
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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Author) (1532)

  1. 121
    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. 63
    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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    On the Nature of War by Carl von Clausewitz (sirparsifal)
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    A Theologico-Political Treatise and A Political Treatise (Dover Philosophical Classics) by Benedict de Spinoza (caflores)
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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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I remember feeling rather depressed by this work, which I knew was considered to be pragmatic, and of course, also a product of the time period in which it was written: vicious and necessarily born of fear, yet how far have we, the human race, advanced from this point as a species? ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
Picked this book since it was one of the must reads list of Neil deGrasse Tyson , however I did not find this path breaking or revolutionary in anyway (maybe for 15th century renaissance it would be applicable ).

Machiavelli's synonymity with "evil" is hardly warranted , he merely comes up with a manual to be an astute statesman/ruler using cold logical dissertation and factual examples . This book also has shades of "The Republic" by Plato . ( )
  Vik.Ram | May 5, 2019 |
I remember feeling rather depressed by this work, which I knew was considered to be pragmatic, and of course, also a product of the time period in which it was written: vicious and necessarily born of fear, yet how far have we, the human race, advanced from this point as a species? ( )
  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
While I understand that his take is controversial, I have to tell you, it makes sense. It's not nice, but it is practical. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

Brilliant, clear and concise, ruthless, pragmatic. I so needed something honest and common sense. And if you think this medieval guide to gaining and holding onto power has gone out of style since Cesare Borgia, think again. It perfectly describes our system of politics, minus (mostly) the blodshed. Just look at the last election.

Shout-out to the crystal-clear and lively narration by Ian Richardson on my audiobook. ( )
1 vote Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
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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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Aron, RaymondForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Čaklā, IntaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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When Lorenzo de' Medici seized control of the Florentine Republic in 1512, he summarily fired the Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria and set in motion a fundamental change in the way we think about politics. The person who held the aforementioned office with the tongue-twisting title was none other than Niccolò Machiavelli, who, suddenly finding himself out of a job after 14 years of patriotic service, followed the career trajectory of many modern politicians into punditry. Unable to become an on-air political analyst for a television network, he only wrote a book. But what a book The Prince is. Its essential contribution to modern political thought lies in Machiavelli's assertion of the then revolutionary idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena. "It must be understood," Machiavelli avers, "that a prince ... cannot observe all of those virtues for which men are reputed good, because it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion, in order to preserve the state." With just a little imagination, readers can discern parallels between a 16th-century principality and a 20th-century presidency. --Tim Hogan

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ResumenExpress.com presenta y analiza en esta guia de lectura El principe, un ensayo politico de una de las figuras mas importantes del Renacimiento italiano, Nicolas Maquiavelo. En este tratado filosofico sobre la politica italiana e internacional de principios del siglo XVI, el autor explica como los principes deben gobernar sus Estados, dejando a un lado la moral y centrandose en conservar el poder, lo que nos permite reflexionar sobre el origen y la estructura del mismo. ?Ya no tienes que leer y resumir todo el libro, nosotros lo hemos hecho por ti! Esta guia incluye: - Un resumen completo del libro - Un estudio de los personajes - Las claves de lectura - Pistas para la reflexion ?Por que elegir ResumenExpress.com? Para aprender de forma rapida. Porque nuestras publicaciones estan escritas con un estilo claro y conciso que te ayudara a ganar tiempo y a entender las obras sin esfuerzo. Disponibles en formato impreso y digital, te acompanaran en tu aventura literaria.… (more)

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