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The Prince
     

The Prince

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by Niccolo Machiavelli
 

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Machiavelli cut his political teeth during the Renaissance, a time of intense hatred between Italian city states. His book, thought cynical and pessimistic by later generations, struck his contemporaries as eminently sane.

Machiavelli was a man of action, a patriot, devout. He wrote THE PRINCE to describe how a leader could unite Italy and put a stop to the

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Machiavelli cut his political teeth during the Renaissance, a time of intense hatred between Italian city states. His book, thought cynical and pessimistic by later generations, struck his contemporaries as eminently sane.

Machiavelli was a man of action, a patriot, devout. He wrote THE PRINCE to describe how a leader could unite Italy and put a stop to the senseless conflict.

"He wrote of people only as he found them. He started from the principle that human nature does not change, and argued for a political system based on man as he is, not as he should be."

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"A superb translation; with an excellent, sensible introduction."—Michael Altschul, Case Western Reserve University

"Bondanella's 'Introduction' is excellent; also, the fine translation offers much for the humanity student."—Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College

"Every leader in the third world should read this and be advised by it."—Godwin C. Duru, Ohio Dominican College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451614148
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1952
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Niccolò Machiavelli was born at Florence on 3rd May 1469. His life falls into three periods, each of which singularly enough constitutes a distinct and important era in the history of Florence. His youth was concurrent with the greatness of Florence as an Italian power under the guidance of Lorenzo de' Medici, Il Magnifico. The downfall of the Medici in Florence occurred in 1494, in which year Machiavelli entered the public service. During his official career Florence was free under the government of a Republic, which lasted until 1512, when the Medici returned to power, and Machiavelli lost his office. The Medici again ruled Florence from 1512 until 1527, when they were once more driven out. This was the period of Machiavelli's literary activity and increasing influence; but he died, within a few weeks of the expulsion of the Medici, on 22nd June 1527, in his fifty-eighth year, without having regained office.

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The Prince (Signet Classics Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This translation is so difficult to read I almost gave up after 40 pages. Sentence structure is awkward and it reads like an English translation made by a non-native English speaker. There are better translations of this book. I do not recommend this one.
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Loved it..
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I appreciate the advice given, but the method of turning it into an ebook left it with many errors that could have fairly easily been fixed with some editing.
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