Prince,The

Prince,The

by Nicollo Machiavelli, Tim Parks
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Prince,The by Nicollo Machiavelli, Tim Parks

Niccolò Machiavelli's brutally uncompromising manual of statecraft, The Prince is translated and edited with an introduction by Tim Parks in Penguin Classics. As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial ever since. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers? When is it necessary to break the rules? Is it better to be feared than loved? Examining regimes and their rulers the world over and throughout history, from Roman Emperors to renaissance Popes, from Hannibal to Cesare di Borgia, Machievalli answers all these questions in a work of realpolitik that still has shrewd political lessons for today. Tim Parks's acclaimed contemporary translation renders Machiavelli's no-nonsense original as alarming and enlightening as when it was first written. His introduction discusses Machiavelli's life and reputation, and explores the historical background to the work. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence, and served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, as ambassador and foreign policy-maker. When the Medici family returned to power in 1512 he was suspected of conspiracy, imprisoned and tortured and forced to retire from public life. His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics. If you enjoyed The Prince, you might like Plato's Republic, also available in Penguin Classics. 'A gripping work, and a gripping translation' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'Tim Parks's swift and supple new translation brings out all its chilling modernity' Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141442259
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 140,268
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Tim Parks was born in Manchester in 1954, studied at Cambridge and Harvard, and moved to Italy in 1980. His translations from the Italian include works by Alberto Moravia, Italo Calvino, Roberto Calasso and Antonio Tabucchi. He currently lectures on literary translation in Milan. He has written a number of novels, the most recent of which are Europa and Destiny, a collection of essays, Adultery and Other Diversions, and an academic work Translating Style. His account of provincial life in Italy, Italian Neighbours, was an international bestseller.

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Prince, The 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Ash-Bugs More than 1 year ago
The Book i read was the prince. and this book is about ways to be a good prince. i didnt like this book at all. it was not something i would ever read again. i thought it was very deatiled and boring. if you like history you might enjoy it. but i didnt.
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KatieP More than 1 year ago
The negative context usually asscociated with the word Machiavelli can be explained only with a general public misunderstanding, for I see only shrewd reality in his writings. The Prince is a "handbook" to politics, statemanship, and power, written in the 16th century to tell leaders of this period essentially how to acquire and expand one's own political power. At the heart of this book is the theme of human nature, which is described by Machiavelli as innately selfish and egotistical. He was the first politician of this period to abandon the idea that all rulers must be guided by morals, and this leads to an honest if not satirical style of writing and a reoccurring theme in modern politics. His model of a ruler that he told others to follow if they could, Cesare, often had violent tendencies, but in Machiavelli's eyes was a good leader. I believe that this book is a must read for everyone, for it is extremly thought provoking and is relavent in today's politics. Ideas such as diplomacy and the age old debate about whether it is better to be feared than loved are discussed in a short, matter of fact way that I found quite humourous at times. The idea that good laws lead to a good military is also championed throughout the book, as well as the compromise between free-will and destiny. These ideas were presented in a way the average person could comprehend, and draw relevency to their own time, even though Machiavelli and our modern times may seem worlds apart. Often times the book felt repetitive, but as a whole The Prince was an insightful thought provoking read that made me stop and think about leadership and the game of politics in general, as well as the innate nature of human beings.
Goranov More than 1 year ago
I found it impossible to read this. It was by far the most boring work I have ever laid eyes on. Tedious does not even begin to explain the writing. It goes on and on about nothing.