From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This 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, or a president. When 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. Even today, this sixteenth-century classic has become essential listening for every student of government, and is the ultimate audiobook on power politics.
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Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!
Casual readers beware, you have to know what you are getting when you purchase The Prince. It is difficult to fault the narrator for some of the more boring parts of the book because Machiavelli is just boring sometimes. However, he also has some of the boldest insights into political thought that were hundreds of years before his time and many of which are still applicable today. Brush up on your Italian, Greek, and Roman history and dig in.
Very important for the history an influence, this translation has a good introduction and a place where the history is explained.
If you are very interested in the topic the Teaching Company course "Machiavelli in Context", also available here, is the best at truly putting Machiavelli in Context and shedding light on his times and thought (I highly recommend it); The Kreeft Modern Scholar Ethic's course, also available here, is probably the most out-of-context I have listened to... This is a fine addition to either course.
It wasn't wasted, but it would have been more productive if I had possessed the proper historical context for the details discussed.
I would say it is only for someone who has a good grounding in ancient and Italian history.
He gives a very clear, reading of the material - I always enjoy his work.
If it does, it needs some ancient and Italian history, followed by a re-listen.
The fault is mine, not the book's. Just trying to broaden my horizons, but I need some lower level broadening before I tackle this one again (which I just might do).
I like to read but listening is better.
I don't really understand why this work and author remain so seemingly relevant in the 21st century. This wasn't quite the guide book for Realpolitik that I expected. All the Italian names and unfamiliar places were confusing. Grover Gardner, however, is excellent as usual.
While the subject matter was interesting it was so slow and dry it took shear will power to bull my way through this one. Tactically it was very interesting, but picking the wheat from the chaff was an arduous, painstaking process
knowledge is powerful understanding it is better for everyone wisdom the great one patient key
Impressive observations on human nature, and political dynamics. Most of which are still relevant today if you substitute the word Politician for Prince and take conquest to be a metaphor for political or economic conquest.
I listened to the book for its historical significance rather than the content itself. I was expecting a more diabolical book given Machiavelli's reputation, but after making allowances for the period in which it was written it seemed like good advice for aspiring leaders of the time.
The narration is good, reflects a certain classicism, but at times was a little storybookish and wooden for me.
Overall a valuable read/listen.
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Worth another listen and a third and a fourth!
Listen with full attention in order to enjoy and benefit from this book!
Probably a bit over my head… But a good read for anybody that cares about politics or philosophy for the philosophy of politics… Worth your time
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