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The Prince | [Niccolo Machiavelli]

The Prince

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.
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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.

Public Domain (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC

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    Cody Brown 02-10-15
    Cody Brown 02-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Interested in mostly history, biographies, autobiographies, classics, and Great Courses...with some Sci Fi thrown in for fun!

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    "You have to know what you get with The Prince"
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    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.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Catie Scarlette 09-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not enough history in my background."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't wasted, but it would have been more productive if I had possessed the proper historical context for the details discussed.


    Would you recommend The Prince to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would say it is only for someone who has a good grounding in ancient and Italian history.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives a very clear, reading of the material - I always enjoy his work.


    Do you think The Prince needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If it does, it needs some ancient and Italian history, followed by a re-listen.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 02-24-15
    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than Wagland narrated version"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-03-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Worth Reading but Not Sure What the Big Deal Is"

    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.

    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 03-05-15
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2011

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    "This is a perfect guide for business."

    The Prince
    By Niccolo Machiavelli

    This is an interesting treaties on the subject of statecraft. What makes a good leader, and what keeps that leader in power. What to watch out for, and what to cultivate.

    This is a perfect guide for business.

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    Patrick 02-27-15
    Patrick 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Requires a good bit of history knowledge"

    The translation by W.K. Marriott is superb when I compared to others and the narrator is a perfect fit for this book. But if your history is good it might not be good enough and a refresher pre my next reading of this book is a must.

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    Gerson 02-27-15
    Gerson 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    Good insight and worth reading again. I like how he critiques the people in power for their string suits and short comings

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-15

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    "Neither Good Nor Evil"

    Machiavelli's name has become synonymous with evil and corruption, and it was many years with this understanding that I first encountered this book. Now over 20 years later, I return to it with a far better understanding of the situations he writes about and who the players are, most especially Cesare Borgia, whose successes and ultimate failure were of considerable example to this work.

    With this new understanding, I'm able to see the pragmatism behind this book, how as a tool to strengthen the objectives of whoever wields it. That it's become a how-to handbook for the tin pot dictators of history is an unfortunate side effect of its wisdom and simplicity that perhaps Machiavelli foresaw when he opted not to publish it himself. But much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War or the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, this book cannot be judged by those who have taken its instruction in the ages since it was written. This book is truly one for the ages, capable of raising our awareness of both its historical context and of the modern world around us.

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    John Dickinson 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Prince to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What did you like best about this story?

    Machiavelli explains politicians like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Ronald Regan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and others I've lived with or studied, better than any modern political scientist or historian I've read.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Machiavelli, of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss it if you care about modern politics and history.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Handlowiec 12-19-14
    Handlowiec 12-19-14
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    "I heard so many good things...."
    What did you like best about The Prince? What did you like least?

    "Every C Level exec read this book" Well maybe a read is beter a listen is dry as toast.


    2 of 17 people found this review helpful
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