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  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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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.

  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    In an attempt to appeal to the Medici family during the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli outlines the way to acquire and retain political power, and how great men should behave in a princely government. The book is divided into four parts - types of principalities and state, proper conduct of a prince as military leader, personal conduct of a prince, and the disparity of Italy's political situation. Many listeners will be able to see principals that Machiavelli advocates for are still used in many political systems today.

  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
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    The Prince is considered the all-time best book on political strategy. It has of late become a much-referred-to book for all competitive situations. Machiavelli's name is associated closely with his philosophy, as he well deserves. His other works are worth reading or hearing, as well, especially his Art of War and Belfagor: The Devil Who Took a Wife.

  • The Prince: A Political Strategy of Niccolo Machiavelli | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince: A Political Strategy of Niccolo Machiavelli

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Carson Beck
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    "All states, all powers, that have held and hold rule over men have been and are either republics or principalities. Principalities are either hereditary, in which the family has been long established; or they are new. The new are either entirely new, as was Milan to Francesco Sforza, or they are, as it were, members annexed to the hereditary state of the prince who has acquired them, as was the kingdom of Naples to that of the King of Spain."

  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By George Doyle
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    "The Prince" (written in the beginning of the 1500s) is a political treatise, sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning how to consider politics and ethics. Machiavelli dedicated "The Prince" to the ruling Medici of the time, leading some today to still speculate whether the book was a satire.

  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Greg Wagland
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    The Prince, Machiavelli's 'little book', was written in 1513 and is dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici. It remains a compelling and controversial treatise on politics, dispensing often cynical, sometimes brutal advice on gaining power and retaining it. Essential listening for our masters perhaps, but most certainly for those of us who would not be mastered. The text used here is the unabridged and classic translation by W. K. Marriott.

  • Art of War | Niccolo Machiavelli

    Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
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    Niccolo Machiavelli's Art of War is one of the world's great classics of military and political theory. Praised by the finest military minds in history and said to have influenced no lesser lights than Frederick the Great and Napoleon, the Art of War is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history and theory of war in the West and for those familiar with The Prince and Discourse on Livy who seek to explore more fully the connection between war and politics in Machiavelli's thought.

  • Strategic Thinking Trilogy: The Book of 5 Rings, The Art of War & The Prince | Miyamoto Musashi,Sun Tzu,Niccolò Machiavelli

    Strategic Thinking Trilogy: The Book of 5 Rings, The Art of War & The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Miyamoto Musashi, Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Bill DeWees
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    The Strategic Thinking Trilogy contains the best worldwide books on strategy: A Book of 5 Rings by Mushashi, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, The Prince by Machiavelli and an introduction/summary of On War by Von Clausevitz. A must listen for all listeners interested in history, culture, military subjects, business strategy, and strategy in general.

  • The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude | Niccolo Machiavelli,Etienne de la Boetie

    The Prince and Discourse on Voluntary Servitude

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli, Etienne de la Boetie
    • Narrated By Craig Deitschmann
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    Machiavelli wrote The Prince for his ruler as a guide for gaining and keeping power. Central themes of his essay are the relation between politics and ethics, what the best form of government is, the importance of the Church, and the growth of Italy as a nation-state. The word "Machiavellian" often suggests sinister motives, but some scholars question this traditional interpretation.

  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli: The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Chapter by Chapter Summary and Author Biography! | Niccolo Machiavelli,Israel Bouseman

    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli: The Complete Work Plus an Overview, Chapter by Chapter Summary and Author Biography!

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli, Israel Bouseman
    • Narrated By Doug Eisengrein
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    The audiobook version of The Prince, is prefaced with a biography of the author and a background of the work itself, shedding some light on the mind that produced it, and the era which shaped his perspective. Also included are an overview, synopsis, and analysis of the work. The summary is capped with a brief look at the historical context of Machiavelli's work, as well as the criticisms it has evoked, and the impact he has had on society.

  • Die 3 Klassiker des strategischen Denkens | Niccolò Machiavelli,Miyamoto Musashi,Sun Tzu

    Die 3 Klassiker des strategischen Denkens

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli, Miyamoto Musashi, Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Alexander von Richtsteig
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    Das Hörbuch "Die 3 Klassiker des strategischen Denkens" enthält die weltweit besten Bücher über Strategie: orin-no-sho. "Das Buch der fünf Ringe" von...

  • The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
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    Perhaps one of the most influential and controversial books in history, Machiavelli’s The Prince raises issues that are still debated centuries after its publication. The theories he developed in The Prince were derived from his observation of the successes and failures of the ruling class. The Prince was designed as a practical guide for newly appointed rulers and is required reading for all persons in a position of authority who strive for grandeur in business and politics.

  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli,George Bull (translator)

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli, George Bull (translator)
    • Narrated By Fritz Weaver
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    This political science classic still has the power to shock, just as it did when first published almost 500 years ago. Fritz Weaver reads in an appropriately detached manner, for it is this air of objectivity regarding the ruthless pursuit of political power that has made Machiavelli's name synonymous with evil. This quality recording begins and ends with ceremonial music, which sets the right tone for a treatise directed to royalty.

  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
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    The Prince is a treatise that systematically charts the best strategies for successful governing. It unapologetically places realism above idealism, showing would-be kings how to get what they want while appearing to be generous and honourable, and advocates that the means — cruelty, duplicity and horror —justify the ends of secure monarchical rule. But it can also be read as the work of a secret republican subtly undermining the despotism of the ruling Medici family.

  • Learn Strategy with Sun Tzu, Napoleon and Machiavelli | Napoléon Bonaparte,Sun Tzu,Niccolò Machiavelli

    Learn Strategy with Sun Tzu, Napoleon and Machiavelli

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Napoléon Bonaparte, Sun Tzu, Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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    "The Prince" is the most famous of Machiavelli's works; it gives very clear, precise and realistic instructions on how to gain and maintain power, fortune, and glory, sometimes at the expense of others. Written in 1513, it is one of the most feared and hated political treatises, taken to be the first work in which the effect the leader desires to achieve is taken as more important than any abstract ideal or ethical value that might prevent him from taking immoral action.

  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    The Prince was the first great work of modern political and historical analysis, but it suffered from a tragic flaw: Machiavelli chose as his "hero" Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI, who, unknown to the author, employed murder as one of his tools of statecraft. The Prince has been studied by Hitler, Stalin, Richelieu, Bismarck, and Frederick the Great, among others.

  • The Prince | Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    This production of the famous 16th-century political treatise by diplomat and political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli will appeal to those interested in his political philosophy and not in the many historical and regional allusions that the original work contains. The latter have been excised in this abridgement.

  • Nicholas Machiavelli's 'Prince' | Niccolo Machiavelli

    Nicholas Machiavelli's 'Prince'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Professor William Landon, Dr. Jeffrey Lupo
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    This is a performance of the very first English translation of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince. This translation, published by Edward Dacres, first appeared in 1640. Machiavelli's original Italian edition was printed in 1532, five years after his death. Due to the evil associated with Machiavelli's book, it took 108 years for The Prince to be published in the English language.

  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Kevin Theis
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    Whenever those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you.

  • The Prince | Niccolò Machiavelli

    The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Emma Topping
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    Claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, this unabridged version of The Prince is read by Emma Topping. This classic of political writing is Machiavelli's most notorious work. A treatise on gaining and maintaining political power, this is the work that inspired the use of the term "Machiavellian".

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