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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.

    29 of 31 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 2015
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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.

    4 of 4 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).

    22 of 27 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 27 people found this review helpful
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    Capcyclone 05-13-15
    Capcyclone 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic for a reason"

    Read this in school years ago...but it was enjoyable to read again when it wasn't "assigned".

    Great read - the production was not so great - the reader has a very nasal voice.

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    steven 05-05-15
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    "Great read"

    Overall good read. While some of the context no longer applies the principles still stand. Only the ending seemed out of place and Esther abrupt.

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    Curtis 04-28-15
    Curtis 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice! got to study this add to book collection A+$"

    knowledge is powerful understanding it is better for everyone wisdom the great one patient key

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    TM 03-23-15
    TM 03-23-15

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    "Replace Prince with the word Politician..."
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    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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    Yaman New Zealand 03-18-15
    Yaman New Zealand 03-18-15 Member Since 2014

    I am Yaman, I live in New Zealand, I come from Syria. I love audiobooks, and Audible is the best source for what I love!

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    "Glad I finally listened to this classic!"

    Worth another listen and a third and a fourth!

    Listen with full attention in order to enjoy and benefit from this book!

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    Aaron Arrowood Indiana, USA 03-12-15
    Aaron Arrowood Indiana, USA 03-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Important political philosophy/history"

    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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