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One of the foremost examples of modern philosophy, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is notorious for the morality it expounds, often summarized by the phrase, “The end justifies the means.” With The Prince, Machiavelli’s intent was to provide practical advice for rulers and politicians, especially in regard to the unification of Italy. An important read for those interested in history, politics, ethics, and human nature, The Prince is now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, providing a chic and ...
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Overview


One of the foremost examples of modern philosophy, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is notorious for the morality it expounds, often summarized by the phrase, “The end justifies the means.” With The Prince, Machiavelli’s intent was to provide practical advice for rulers and politicians, especially in regard to the unification of Italy. An important read for those interested in history, politics, ethics, and human nature, The Prince is now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, providing a chic and affordable addition to any library.

Lexile score: 1430L

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435107489
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 555,823
  • 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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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    colletors anyone?

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Brutal Honesty

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    okay read

    Okay read. A bit historical for my taste.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Machiavelli's The Prince and Other Writings.

    Just a great little volume in hardback showing the political mind and humor of the time. Please check it out.

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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    Excellent read! This is how a true book should be presented; no

    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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  • Posted February 12, 2010

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    Oh Machiavelli

    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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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Good for political students

    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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  • Posted January 21, 2009

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    I think it is a delight! Especially, The Prince. It is uncharacteristic to not read The Prince before you die. Simply, a superfluous gathering of basic knowledge of how to comprehend the psyche of the self when dealing with paranoia surrounding...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    expectations exceeded

    this is a great philosophy of life. nicolo was writing from prison about the forces that put him there. a great warning and excellent read. most people are duplicitous, liars, and self absorbed. although nicolo found this out after the fact, he is doing you a favor, so beware.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    A Masterpiece

    With such witty criticism, Machiavelli proposes that humans are selfish by nature. He also respectfully gives instructions on how a prince should rule this governing body resulting in which 'the end justifies the means'. Ironically, this is the same doctrine that our current standing command in chief commits his duties by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    A must read for any intellectual

    This is one of my favortite books. Although the whole idea of 'the end will justify the means' is in there, it isn't the big picture. Machiavelli was an Italian patriot that was trying to restore Italy to its greatness of the Roman times. Many things to learn from this book than can be applied to life today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    lessons for life

    This work by Machiavelli has several political implications and is a favorite of high school teachers, but there is more to it than this. The book does more than tell us that 'the ends justify the means.' We are taught about strategies to success, and we are taught to look at the grand scheme of things and to estimate the long-term implications of the decisions we make today.

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