The Prince by Niccolo' Machiavelli

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In "The Morals of the Prince," Niccolo Machiavelli argues the various methods of being a successful prince...I agree with most of the points Machiavelli makes. I do believe that you cannot be too generous to your subjects or well they will take advantage of you.
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Machiavelli needs to be looked at as he really was. Hence: Can Machiavelli, who makes the following observations, be Machiavellian as we understand the disparaging term?
1. …So it is that to know the nature of a people, one needs to be a Prince; to know the nature of a Prince, one need to be of the people.
2. …If a Prince is not given to vices that make him hated, it is ususal for his subjects to show their affection for him.
3. Opportunity made Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, Theseus, and others; their virtue dominated the opportunity, making their homelands noble and happy. Armed prophets win; the disarmed lose.
4. Without faith and religion, man achieves power but not glory.
5. Prominent citizens want to command and oppress; the populace only wants to be free of oppression.
6. A Prince needs a friendly populace; otherwise in diversity there is no hope.
7. A Prince, who rules as a man of valor, avoids disasters,
8. …Nations based on mercenary forces will never be solid or secure.
9. …Mercenaries are dangerous because of their cowardice
10. …There are two ways to fight: one with laws, the other with force. The first is rightly man’s way; the second, the way of beasts.
 

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NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI was born in Florence in 1469. In 1498, he was appointed Second Chancellor of the Florentine Republic; in 1501, he was imprisoned and tortured when the Medici returned to Florence. Upon his release, he retired to his farm to study and write. Goodwin lived and worked in journalism in Europe for 21 years as a foreign, Vatican and freelance correspondent. Martinez, painter, has lived and worked in Florence, Rome and Sicily
 
Published November 3, 2009 by Dante University Press (Branden Books). 158 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Lesley McDowell on Jul 05 2009

This is an excellent translation of The Prince by Parks, accessible and gripping without diluting Machiavelli's message one iota. His sense of this masterpiece as an essentially psychological work, one that looks at the effects of power of the mind, infuses his translation, and he never forgets its origins as a letter...

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Scholars And Rogues

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Reviewed by Brian Angliss on Jan 31 2008

Unfortunately for this excellent little book, The Prince has too often been considered a template for personal power. While there is certainly truth to that opinion, there’s a great deal more going on in The Prince than the quest for, and the maintenance of, personal power.

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Carlin Romano

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Reviewed by Gina Barreca on Oct 30 2009

But I think The Prince should be assigned reading for all those entering into Ph.D. programs and here’s why: Machiavelli understands the nature of authority. He defines what it is, how to achieve it, how to use it, how to keep it, and how to share it only when it will work to everyone’s advantage.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Joan One on Nov 10 2009

Written almost five hundred years ago, The Prince has over the centuries served as the manual for the most effective acquisition and consolidation of political power...On reading this book, you are likely to never see your politician in the same light again...if you have a gnawing ambition to get into politics...this is just the book for you.

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Reviewed by Gregory Akerman on Dec 04 2006

In "The Morals of the Prince," Niccolo Machiavelli argues the various methods of being a successful prince...I agree with most of the points Machiavelli makes. I do believe that you cannot be too generous to your subjects or well they will take advantage of you.

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Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi on May 15 2011

Machiavelli did not invent the things he explains but rather being an astute historian was able to find patterns in the actions of successful rulers from his time and those throughout history. I will not preach to follow or ignore this book, only that you read it before finding reasons to burn it.

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Reviewed by Charlie Schurman on Dec 06 2010

If you are a politics lover this book is a must, and if you are looking for a quick educational read give it a try, but if all you want is a good story, this book isn’t for you.

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