Niccolo 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, Niccolo Machiavelli knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. "The Prince", his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on ...
Niccolo 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, Niccolo 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' 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. Niccolo 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' swift and supple new translation brings out all its chilling modernity". (Boyd Tonkin, "Independent").
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The Chartwell Books 2014 hard cover printing of the famed classic is a work of art in itself. From the cover lllustration, to the unique binding to the design of the pages themselves, this edition is superb and a wonderful collection to any library. I bought this as a gift but will be buying another one as well as one for myself.
Mar 21, 2013
Everyone should read this book, loved it. Received in great condition and on time.
Sep 12, 2008
This book, is better read, rather than listened too. I won't be recommeding this audiobook to anyone. Read it first.
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