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The Prince | [Nicolo Machiavelli]

The Prince

How remarkable that an Italian living in the 15th and 16th centuries should lend his name to a word still in common usage in the English language today. Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote only one major work as a gift for his ruling Prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli held office as a senior civil servant for 14 years until the downfall of the Republic in 1512. No longer officially employed to impart advice, instead Machiavelli poured out his ideas and resentment in his writings.
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How remarkable that an Italian living in the 15th and 16th centuries should lend his name to a word still in common usage in the English language today. Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote only one major work as a gift for his ruling Prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli held office as a senior civil servant for 14 years until the downfall of the Republic in 1512. No longer officially employed to impart advice, instead Machiavelli poured out his ideas and resentment in his writings. The Prince has remained a prominent classic ever since; valued for its shrewd psychological insight, powerful words, and prophetic quality. And even today, it has never lost its power to shock and influence. Ian Richardson's formidable reading of this modern unabridged translation is an accessible and entertaining way in to a truly compelling world view.

Original translation in 1908 by W.K. Marryatt, updated by Alan Petrides in 1995.

© and (P)2005 CSA Telltapes Ltd

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    Rolando West Valley City, Utah, United States 05-08-14
    Rolando West Valley City, Utah, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "To be feared"

    Is it better to be feared or loved? The answer is you must focus on that which you can control and not on what you can not control. Love is given and therefore out of your control. Instilling fear is something that you can control. Great book on acquiring and retaining power, I can't believe that after being exposed to this book over 20 years ago, I finally read it. I will read this one again and again.

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    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11
    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-20-11

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    "Deals intellengently with how to maintain power"
    What did you love best about The Prince?

    The clear, concise definitions of what each cataglory is and how to maintain your power in each.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That it provided examples of possible pit fall and how to avoild them.


    What about Ian Richardson’s performance did you like?

    good


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    that this book deserves further study by anyone who craves power.


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    Miguel 11-22-08
    Miguel 11-22-08
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    "great classic but reading too pompous"

    It's a pity this wonderful classic is read in a style which is too pompous and afected to be plesant.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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