The Prince (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Niccolo Machiavelli, Daniel Donno (Editor), Daniel Donno (Translator)
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Here 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 . . . a president.  When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic.  In The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion.  Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.

About the Author

Considered one of the great early political analysts, Niccolo Machiavelli is a historical figure in the turning point from the Middle Ages to the Modern World. In his most famous work, "The Prince", he promoted the then revolutionary and prophetic idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena.

Praise For…

“[Machiavelli] can still engage our attention with remarkable immediacy, and this cannot be explained solely by the appeal of his ironic observations on human behaviour. Perhaps the most important thing is the way he can compel us to reflect on our own priorities and the reasoning behind them; it is this intrusion into our own defenses that makes reading him an intriguing experience. As a scientific exponent of the political art Machiavelli may have had few followers; it is as a provocative rhetorician that he has had his real impact on history.” –from the Introduction by Dominic Baker-Smith

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553212785
ISBN-10: 0553212788
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Publication Date: December 31st, 2002
Pages: 176
Language: English