The Prince and Other Writings
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The Prince and Other Writings

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by Niccolo Machiavelli
     
 

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“[I]t is safer to be feared than loved.” These words embody the spirit of The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli’s classic work of political philosophy. Machiavelli’s advice for how a ruler should acquire and exercise power over others continues to be relevant to contemporary readers more than four centuries after it was first published.…  See more details below

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“[I]t is safer to be feared than loved.” These words embody the spirit of The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli’s classic work of political philosophy. Machiavelli’s advice for how a ruler should acquire and exercise power over others continues to be relevant to contemporary readers more than four centuries after it was first published.

This elegant gift edition reprints the full text of Machiavelli’s memorable book and two additional essays. The stylish design of The Prince and Other Writings captures the spirit of this timeless text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781435107489
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author


Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. William K. Marriott was a translator of many Renaissance works, including Machiavelli's The Prince.

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The Prince and Other Writings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
flowersophelia More than 1 year ago
If you are a collector of classic books, like to have a well stocked personal library, are looking to familiarize yourself with those books that "any well educated, well read person should read", or are just a fan of Machiovelli, this is a great buy for you. This edition of The Prince is a beautifully bond book that will look great on a collector's shelf or as part of a set of Niccolo Machiovelli's work. I picked this book up simply because Machiovelli is referenced in so many books anymore that I felt I should read his work in order to better understand the references. Now I am glad I did because it is just so interesting.
DeneMD More than 1 year ago
Just a great little volume in hardback showing the political mind and humor of the time. Please check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What sticks with me after reading 'The Prince' is how blunt the text is regarding the value of human life. The most interesting feature, to me, was the purposeful lack of discussion regarding moral obligation. Machiavelli makes no mention of right or wrong only of what is necessary. This is a fast read, however, agree with the methods or not, you will be intrigued by this look into the political theory of conquests.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay read. A bit historical for my taste.
AlexeyB More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! This is how a true book should be presented; no introduction, or an attempt to explain the authors meaning, which usually turns into someones opinion, that totally distracts from enjoyment of the book and wastes pages. I will highly reccomend this edition, keeping in mind that one should know who Machiavelli was.
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Lockhart7 More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth it if you're interested in 15th century literature. It can be confusing at times (which makes the Barnes & Nobles Classics footnotes all the more appreciated). Read it carefully. Not only is it packed full of intricate & stern advice, it's based on a lot of Italian history that not many readers (myself included) might be aware of. In a few instances, Machiavelli comes off as an unbelievable sexist, comparing "Fortune or fate" to a female who must be beaten upon to be conquered. But closer analysis shows many of his ideas have double meanings. If you can get past his pigheadedness, Machiavelli does actually have some valuable advice for rulers and regular people alike.
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msar13 More than 1 year ago
The Prince and Other Writings is a good book for political science majors and scholars, but it is a dry read for general readers. It's interesting to see how many of his assessments appear to be nothing more than common sense, but since no one before had put the science of politics into words, it's a revolutionary piece of work. I preferred the story of Castruccio, which follows the Prince and which you learn from the footnotes was partly fabricated by Machiavelli using anecdotes from other historical figures. Still, a compelling read and the best part of the book for general readers.
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