The Prince (Hpc Classics Series)

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Overview

Need to seize a country? Have enemies you must destroy? In this handbook for despots and tyrants, the Renaissance statesman Machiavelli sets forth how to accomplish this and more, while avoiding the awkwardness of becoming generally hated and despised.

"Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge."

For nearly 500 years, Machiavelli's observations on Realpolitik have shocked and appalled the timid and romantic, and for many his name was equivalent to the devil's own. Yet, The Prince was the first attempt to write of the world of politics as it is, rather than sanctimoniously of how it should be, and thus The Prince remains as honest and relevant today as when Machiavelli first put quill to parchment, and warned the junior statesman to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.

Described as a practical rule-book for the diplomat and a handbook of evil, this work provides an uncompromising picture of the true nature of power.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872203167
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Series: Hpc Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 287,160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence. He served the Florentine republic as secretary and second chancellor, but was expelled from public life when the Medici family returned to power in 1512. His other works include The Discourses, The Art of War, and the comic satire The Mandrake.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    A True Renaissance Man!

    Niccolo is one of the few writers before the 19th century to portray the realism that encompasses our society. He was a true political genius, unafraid of the consequences of his opinions of love and fear. Although, while reading, you can't help but ask yourself, 'was he loved or feared?'

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