The Prince [Niccolo Machiavelli] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There have been many political philosophies published throughout the. Download free eBooks of classic literature, books and novels at Planet eBook. nished Machiavelli with a subject of a gibe in ‘The Prince,’ where he is cited as. The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power The dedication declares Machiavelli’s intention to discuss in plain language.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Machiavelli needs to be looked at as he really was. Can Machiavelli, who makes the following observations, be Machiavellian as we understand the disparaging term? So it is that to know the nature of a people, one need be a Prince; to know the nature of boo, Prince, one need to be of the people.

If a Prince is not given to vices that make him hated, it is unsusal Machiavelli needs to be looked bok as he really was. If a Prince is not given to vices that make him hated, it is unsusal for his subjects to show their affection for him.

Opportunity made Moses, Cyrus, Romulus, Theseus, and others; their virtue domi-nated the opportunity, making their homelands noble and happy. Armed prophets win; the disarmed lose. Without faith and religion, man achieves power but not glory. Prominent citizens want to command and oppress; the populace only wants to be free of oppression.

A Prince needs a friendly populace; otherwise in diversity there is no hope. A Prince, who rules as a man of valor, avoids disasters, 8. Nations based on mercenary forces will never be solid or secure. Mercenaries are dangerous because of their cowardice There are two ways to fight: Paperbackpages.

National Book Award Finalist for Translation To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Princeplease sign up. Niccolo Machiavelli seems confused and hence, confusing to me. Of course, he has written a lot of evil in the book, and then he writes something as quoted below.

Mary The prince is a frank exposition on the division between the idealism we profess and the reality that we live. My recollection is that Machiavelli …more The prince is a frank exposition on the division between the idealism we rhe and the reality that we live.

My recollection is that Machiavelli often summarizes that division in passages like the one you have quoted. He acknowledges the reality then “tempers” it by contrasting the more pfince – prjnce – with the more ideal – glory.

Another quote along this line if I remember correctly is “We should always seek to emulate our savior, Jesus Christ, and forgive our enemies See all 26 questions about The Prince…. Lists with This Book. Aug 20, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather, Machiavelli was demonstrating, through reasoned analysis based on numerous historical examples, that the most effective way to govern a population is through decision-making based on the current situation without muddying up the waters with considerations of morality.

Holy snickerdoodles that’s amoral!! Should such murdered and subjugated populations thank the princes for their unwaivering morality? Allowing other considerations to affect such judgements will only provide an advantage mskaveli third parties gook will exploit it. Not necessarily warm and fuzzy Sesame Street thinking, but there is some serious power to the reasoning.


I makkaveli we lived in a world in which that was not the case. Machiavelli wrote Makavli Prince for Lorenzo de Medici, whose family ruled Florence at the time, as basically a job application. He wanted to get in good with the de Medici family secure a place at their court.

Discounting the rah rah speech at the end, the other 3 sections deal with 1 the kinds of principalities and how they are acquired; 2 the proper organization of the military and the best kind of solider to comprise it; and 3 the internal make up of a princes court i.

Makxveli 1 is interesting and fun to read, but basically worthless for anything other than historical perspective. Machiavelli discusses territories won be conquest, inheritance or luck and talks about the various characteristics of each. Section 2 can be summarized as follows: Mercenaries well and truly SUCK and should not be used under any circumstances because their suckage will end up squandering your resources and giving squat in return.

Section 3 is the real meat of the work and contains the bulk of the advice that garnered Niccolo his much deserved reputation for suggesting princd propriety of abandoning morality in governance. He speaks of the need of the Prince to be able to deceive and act against the “five” virtues of the righteous man when necessary for the betterment of his state and his people.

Therefore it is princd for a prince to have all the good qualities I have enumerated, but it is very necessary to appear to have them. And I shall prnice to say this also, that to have them and always to observe them is injurious, and that to appear to have them is useful; to appear merciful, faithful, humane, religious, upright, and to be so, but with a mind so framed that should you require not to be so, you may be able and know how to change to the opposite.

The promise given was a necessity of the past: Machiavelli discusses numerous examples of sovereigns who either benefitted from following such advice or, conversely, who suffered calamity for adhering to a sense of virtue. So much of what Machiavelli says is now prijce ingrained part of political thinking that it comes across as DUH when you read it.

However, it was Niccolo who first put forth these concepts that have become the dogma and foundation of modern political thought. Something the famous rulers of history have always known…and practiced.

In addition, I was surprised at how much fun the book was to read. Machiavelli includes dozens and dozens of brief vignettes about world history in supporting his ideas and does a great job keeping the reader engaged with colorful descriptions of past events. The book is also chalk-full of wonderful quotes that just jumped out at me as I was reading. Here are a few that I thought were intriguing: The new jakaveli must determine all the injuries that he will need to inflict.

He must inflict them once and for all…People should either be caressed or crushed.

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If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.

Oh…and lest the above not make it clear, for all his amazing contributions to world-history we should not lose sight of the fact that Machiavelli, for all his makveli, was a bit of an asshole.


I admire his work, but the man comes across as quite a scummy, conniving douche. You know, like a modern politician. View all 32 comments. View all 26 comments. I’m weirdly pleased that The Prince lives up to its reputation: Here’s his advice on conquering self-governing states i.

I’d like to say that any guy whose last name becomes a synonym for evil is a badass, but Machiavelli wasn’t; he was a failed minor diplomat who wrote this in a failed attempt to get reemployed. Stupid attempt, too; anyone who hired him would be advertisin I’m weirdly pleased that The Prince lives up to its reputation: Stupid attempt, too; anyone who hired him would be advertising that he espoused Machiavellian values.

This bopk was published, after all. And as prlnce himself advises, “A leader doesn’t have to possess virtuous qualities, but it’s imperative that he seem to possess them.

I hope to match that effect with my first novel. It’s not because it’s great advice; tge sortof isn’t.

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I think it’s because it’s just a ton of fun to read. It’s chock full of over-the-top quotes like the ones above. Which brings up a recurring topic for pdince I think it’s the former: He could certainly have included that to make the zany stuff pop more, or to camouflage it a bit, but I prefer to think he meant the whole thing seriously.

And it’s not like any of it is advice someone hasn’t followed at some point. See my first quote above: Parks has gone to great trouble to reduce the princw complexity of Machiavelli’s sentences – I know this from reading his excellent Translator’s Note – and I appreciate that.

He’s also tried hard to make it accessible to modern audiences, and sometimes I think he’s tipped a tiny bit overboard on that front. We want to be able to read our classics, but we don’t need to pretend they were written yesterday. That’s a relatively minor complaint, though; this is a clear and easy translation. And a glossary of proper names at the back, so you can sort out the various contemporary figures you don’t recognize.

I’ll close with my favorite quote: View all 28 bok. Niccolo Machiavelli, during the Renaissance, was a successful politicianand astute diplomatfrom volatile Florence, until losing power and influence there His most famous book, The Prince, based on the cunning Cesar Borgia, the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, no silly words about the nobility of rulers, a brief history, the recent bloodbaths, cities and men making bad decisions, philosophical discussions, how a Prince can remain in charge, at whatever cost should act for the good of the people, but the real facts Having seen Cesar Borgia and talked at length with him, became an admirer, well aware of all his evil, the butchering, and deceit, it can be forgiven in these times But dreams are only dreams, somethings are not quite possible The Prince, still widely read, and quite important book on the ways of the world, told by a maakveli who was involved during that turbulent era While Cesar Borgia, The Prince, is greatly sanitized, into a better person, than he really was, this writer wanted to makavwli the Italian reader hope, for a better, more prosperous future