The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
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Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power.  Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president.  When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic.  In The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion.  Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.
 

About Niccolo Machiavelli

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Political philosopher, statesman and court advisor Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. Starting out as a clerk, Machiavelli quickly rose in the ranks because he understood balance of power issues involved in many of his diplomatic missions. Machiavelli's political pursuits quickly ended after he was imprisoned by the Medici family. Machiavelli is best known for "The Prince," his guide to power attainment and cutthroat leadership. He also wrote poetry and plays, including a comedy named "Mandragola." Niccolo Machiavelli died on June 21, 1527 in Florence.
 
Published September 6, 2005 by Penguin Books. 117 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy, Comics & Graphic Novels, War, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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In the introduction to his new translation of The Prince, Tim Parks tells his reader that a grasp of Machiavelli requires "some sense of the complicated political geography of Italy in the 15th and early 16th centuries".

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In the introduction to his new translation of The Prince, Tim Parks tells his reader that a grasp of Machiavelli requires "some sense of the complicated political geography of Italy in the 15th and early 16th centuries".

Jun 27 2009 | Read Full Review of The Prince (Penguin Classics)

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