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Prince, The : Penguin Pocket Hardbacks - Niccolo;Parks, Tim Machiavelli

Paperback Published: 9th August 2011
ISBN: 9780141442259
Number Of Pages: 130

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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

One of the most influential books for a reason


I can't say I would recommend people to use his teachings for everyday life as it will create a society of unease. However Machiavelli's the Prince does show the workings of the most cunning leaders drawing back on history to justify his point.

Sydney, NSW


A Prince in all leaders perhaps?


Highly unlikely read but so glad to have read it. Not at all what I expected but in the end I think Machiavelli The Prince could apply to modern day/contemporary man. All leaders are bound to have this very dilemma in their ruling back of tricks. The mind ceases to wonder. All High School students should read this one.



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ISBN: 9780141442259
ISBN-10: 0141442255
Series: Penguin Pocket Hardbacks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 130
Published: 9th August 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1

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