The Prince (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jan 1, 2003 - Fiction - 166 pages
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The Prince

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. 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.

This Bantam Classic edition of The Prince includes selections from Machiavelli’s Discourses as well as an introduction and notes by the translator, Daniel Donno.

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Educational - goes from trivial to ingenious. - weRead
Excellent advice to conquer in confusion. - weRead
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Scary how accurate this portrayal of power still is... - weRead
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Sensible advice but very cold blooded. - weRead

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I enjoyed reading this political treatise which delved into different methods for the acquisition of political power, and how to maintain that power. The Prince can, and has been, criticized for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Booklovers Melbourne - Goodreads

An excellent little read, I'd recommend it to anyone determined to become a successful leader, though it only works properly if you are still able to actually kill people and stuff, not really helpful for today's office princes. This was for the real thing:) Read full review

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Introduction The Prince
Chapter 1
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25

Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 26
Discourses Upon the First Ten Books of Titus Livy
Book Three
Chapter 8

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About the author (2003)

Peter Constantine, winner of the PEN Translation Prize and a National Translation Award, has earned wide acclaim for his translation of The Undiscovered Chekhov and of the complete works of Isaac Babel, as well as for his Modern Library translations, which include The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, Gogol’s Taras Bulba, Voltaire’s Candide, and Tolstoy’s The Cossacks.
Albert Russell Ascoli is Gladys Arata Terrill Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the Rome Prize for study at the American Academy in Rome.

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