The Art of War & The Prince by Machiavelli - Special Edition [NOOK Book]

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This Special Edition of The Art of War & The Prince by Machiavelli unites both of Machiavelli's renowned volumes on strategy so that the philosophy and mechanisms for obtaining power and managing power may be seen as a single entity. Possessed of a great intellect, Niccolo Machiavelli was uniquely suited to examine and explain the important details of statecraft.

Machiavelli, like Plato and Pythagoras and Confucius two hundred odd decades ...
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The Art of War & The Prince by Machiavelli - Special Edition

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This Special Edition of The Art of War & The Prince by Machiavelli unites both of Machiavelli's renowned volumes on strategy so that the philosophy and mechanisms for obtaining power and managing power may be seen as a single entity. Possessed of a great intellect, Niccolo Machiavelli was uniquely suited to examine and explain the important details of statecraft.

Machiavelli, like Plato and Pythagoras and Confucius two hundred odd decades before him, saw only one method by which a thinking man, himself not powerful, might do the work of state building, and that was by seizing the imagination of a Prince. With these writings, he has influenced the history of the world.

Machiavelli has so influenced human civilization that the very term: Machiavellian, has come to mean that which is characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning. A prime example is his advice: "A wise prince, when he has the opportunity, ought with craft to foster some animosity against himself, so that, having crushed it, his renown may rise higher." His advice, on this and other suggested intrigues, has been heeded by various heads of state for over four hundred years.

Other Special Editions in this series that deal with the subject of warfare and strategy include:
The Art of War By Sun Tzu - Special Edition
The Art of War By Mao Tse-tung - Special Edition
The Art of War By Baron De Jomini - Special Edition
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

    Makes Me Think of Karl Rove...

    This combination of Machiavelli's Art of War and The Prince is really great. Until I got this book as a gift, I didn't even know that Machiavelli had written this version of The Art of War. I had thought that it was Sun Tzu's book on The Art of War, which, by the way, is a great compliment to this book.<BR/><BR/>Having both of Machiavelli's books together in one book is more than just convenient. With The Art of War presented as a series of conversations and The Prince being a straight first person dialogue, it makes it easy to see just how accomplished a writer Machiavelli was. His ability to switch gears, in so many ways, is astounding.<BR/><BR/>These two books go together so naturally it helps you get a flavor of the period in which they were written. Just reading The Prince, by itself, is a real eye-opener, but being able to read both of these books together really shows that Machiavelli was at least a century ahead of his time. You don't have to agree with his point of view to appreciate that his view of the world (hard, cold, rational) is where a lot of people really live.

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