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The Prince  : Vintage Classics - Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince

Vintage Classics


Published: March 2009
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A refreshingly accessible new translation of this timely and dynamic classic work about the corrupting effects of power


‘It is far safer to be feared than loved…’ Machiavelli made his name notorious for centuries with The Prince, his clever and cynical work about power relationships.The key themes of this influential, and ever timely, writer are that adaptability is the key to success and that effective leadership is sometimes only possible at the expense of moral standards.

About the Author

Niccolo Machiavelli was born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy. Machiavelli was a political philosopher and diplomat during the Renaissance, and is most famous for his political treatise, THE PRINCE, that has become a cornerstone of modern political philosophy.


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superb read


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  • A must read
  • Engaging Characters
  • For Any Realist It Is A M
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written


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    best for students especially in international relations. This is an easy read that gives great insight on Machiavelli's view on power, how to acquire and keep it. It is also good to try and understand the context within which he was writting from in order to gain the full picture.

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    "If one were to assign a single edition of Machiavelli's works, this most certainly would be it" -- John. P. McCormick, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago "Everyone should have a copy of Machiavelli's The Prince, whose original purpose may have been to counsel Renaissance rulers in the art of statecraft but is still applicable to and, indeed, acted on by modern politicians and power-brokers" Guardian "A 16th Century handbook of wily political thinking that tells you how to get the upper hand in every conceivable situation" Mail on Sunday "How amazing, that anyone's ideas should be controversial after five centuries. Machiavelli expressed a certain attitude to power - it's a good thing, and the problem is how to get and keep it - so well that he has never become out dated" Guardian "One of most influential books ever" Mirror

    ISBN: 9780099518495
    ISBN-10: 009951849X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 112
    Published: March 2009
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.0
    Weight (kg): 0.09
    Edition Number: 1