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Overview The classic handbook of statecraft written four centuries ago by an Italian nobleman recommends guile and craftiness to attain and maintain political power.
Machiavelli's highly influential treatise on political power The Prince shocked Europe on publication with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. Niccolo Machiavelli drew on 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 ideal but with a regime that would last, The Prince has become the bible of realpolitik, and it 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. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Studio: Penguin Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Feb 4, 2003
Publisher Penguin Classics
Series Penguin Classics
ISBN 0140449159 ISBN13 9780140449150
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More About Niccolo Machiavelli, George Bull & Anthony Grafton
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was a Florentine statesman who was later forced out of public life. He then devoted himself to studying and writing political philosophy, history, fiction, and drama. George Bull is an author and journalist who has translated six volumes for the Penguin Classics: Benvenuto Cellini's Autobiography, The Book of the Courtier by Castiglione, Vasari's Lives of the Artists (two volumes), The Prince by Machiavelli and Pietro Aretino's Selected Letters. He is also Consultant Editor to the Penguin Business Series. After reading history at Brasenose College, Oxford, George Bull worked for the Financial Times, McGraw-Hill World News, and for the Director magazine, of which he was Editor-in-Chief until 1984. His other books include Vatican Politics; Bid for Power (with Anthony Vice), a history of take-over bids; Renaissance Italy, a book for children; Venice: The Most Triumphant City; and Inside the Vatican. Anthony Grafton teaches European intellectual history at Princeton University.
Niccolo Machiavelli was born in 1469 and died in 1527 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Lancaster University.
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An easy read that is full of vital lessons. Jun 11, 2008
This particular version of Nicccolo Machievelli's "The Prince" was incredibly easy to read. There was no rubbing my noggin wondering what he was saying. Nope it was as clear as day and the way that he described retaining power is still the same today as it was in his day. Albeit a little less bloody.
`Do the ends justify the means?' Jun 6, 2008
A young colleague of mine recently said `management is easy'. I smiled enigmatically and considered buying him a copy of `The Prince' but I fear it would be wasted. I am now on my third copy of this book which, alas, I can only read in English. The George Bull translation (as reprinted in 1995) is the version I currently refer to.
I first read this book when studying economic history at high school in the second half of the last century. I was intrigued by Machiavelli's advice even though I had little understanding of the Florentine Republic. I next read the book when looking more generally at political models and at Renaissance history. Since then, I've always had a copy: it is as relevant to understanding the art and practice of management as it is to a broader understanding of the models and processes of governance. It also provides some valuable contextual setting for those interested in the Medici.
So why is `The Prince' still relevant? What can we learn from a treatise that was dedicated to Lorenzo de Medici (1492 - 1519) but not published until 1532, some five years after Machiavelli himself was dead?
Specific settings and circumstances may change: general human psychology and motivation does not. There is politics involved in all management. The chasm between management theory and practice is occupied by politics (in all senses) and complicated by the affairs, aspirations and expedient alliances of people.
the prince May 13, 2008
Without a doubt, Nicolo Machiavelli has to be the most dissembling, evil man I've ever read. Though he covers it well in his constantly changing subjects and demeanor I would have not wanted to be around him in the 16th century. I would have never trusted him not to ensnare me in one of his plots!
Classic that's still relevant because of what's happening today May 13, 2008
Heard THE PRINCE by Niccolo Machiavelli, one of those books that I've always meant to read . . . but just never got around to do so.
Now I finally had the opportunity (as a result of being able to listen to it while driving) and am glad I did--particularly because of its relevance to what's currently happening in politics . . . also, as a result, I now have a better understanding of the term Machievellianism . . . or that any means, however unscrupulous, can justifiably be used in achieving political power.
Though originally written in the 16th century, THE PRINCE is still remarkably up to date . . . the examples used by Machiavelli feel like they come from today's headlines . . . also, they pertain to many situations wherein power is utilized--both in business and in the political arena.
There were many quotes that got me thinking; among them: * Hence it is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.
* We have not seen great things done in our time except by those who have been considered mean; the rest have failed.
And this final one: * If men were entirely good this precept would not hold, but because they are bad, and will not keep faith with you, you too are not bound to observe it with them. Nor will thee ever be wanting to a prince legitimate reasons to excuse this nonobservance.
I found it interesting to learn that Machievelli wrote this book after he was fired as Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria . . . methinks that had he been around now, Tim Russert and/or other political commentators could well be out of job.
A Classic for Political Science May 13, 2008
A worthwhile investment. It can teach you a lot about old European politics. If you have ever peered into European history, you would have had to anticipate Machiavelli's sentiments. If you were royalty would you take his advice?