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The Prince

by Niccolò Machiavelli

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The world?s most influential?and controversial?treatise on politics

Composed in exile and published posthumously, The Prince is Niccolò Machiavelli?s legacy and the foundation of modern political theory. Drawing on his firsthand experiences as a diplomat and military commander in the Florentine Republic, Machiavelli disregards the rhetorical flourishes and sentimentality typically found in sixteenth-century mirrors for princes?guides instructing noblemen in the fine art of ruling?and gets straight to practical matters: how to eliminate rivals, when to use force, whether it is better to be loved or feared.
 
For its cold-blooded candor and unrepentant assertion that immorality can be a political virtue, The Prince was censured and Machiavelli?s name became synonymous with evil. Yet five centuries? worth of political thinkers and leaders, from Thomas Cromwell to Francis Bacon to Napoleon Bonaparte to John Adams to Joseph Stalin, have turned to this slim volume for guidance and inspiration, because its advice on the acquisition and preservation of power contains the wisdom of experience?and, most importantly of all, because it works.
 
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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When Lorenzo de' Medici seized control of the Florentine Republic in 1512, he summarily fired the Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria and set in motion a fundamental change in the way we think about politics. The person who held the aforementioned office with the tongue-twisting title was none other than Niccolò Machiavelli, who, suddenly finding himself out of a job after 14 years of patriotic service, followed the career trajectory of many modern politicians into punditry. Unable to become an on-air political analyst for a television network, he only wrote a book. But what a book The Prince is. Its essential contribution to modern political thought lies in Machiavelli's assertion of the then revolutionary idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena. "It must be understood," Machiavelli avers, "that a prince ... cannot observe all of those virtues for which men are reputed good, because it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion, in order to preserve the state." With just a little imagination, readers can discern parallels between a 16th-century principality and a 20th-century presidency. --Tim Hogan

Product Description

The world?s most influential?and controversial?treatise on politics

Composed in exile and published posthumously, The Prince is Niccolò Machiavelli?s legacy and the foundation of modern political theory. Drawing on his firsthand experiences as a diplomat and military commander in the Florentine Republic, Machiavelli disregards the rhetorical flourishes and sentimentality typically found in sixteenth-century mirrors for princes?guides instructing noblemen in the fine art of ruling?and gets straight to practical matters: how to eliminate rivals, when to use force, whether it is better to be loved or feared.
 
For its cold-blooded candor and unrepentant assertion that immorality can be a political virtue, The Prince was censured and Machiavelli?s name became synonymous with evil. Yet five centuries? worth of political thinkers and leaders, from Thomas Cromwell to Francis Bacon to Napoleon Bonaparte to John Adams to Joseph Stalin, have turned to this slim volume for guidance and inspiration, because its advice on the acquisition and preservation of power contains the wisdom of experience?and, most importantly of all, because it works.
 
This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

ASIN B00KWPSND4
Amazon Sales Rank 75,148
Main Category Kindle Edition
Group eBooks
Publisher Open Road Media
Studio Open Road Media
Manufacturer Open Road Media
Introduction(s) Daniel Donno
Translator(s) Daniel Donno
Language(s) English (Published)
Adult Product? No
 

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