The Prince and Other Writings

The Prince and Other Writings

by Niccolò Machiavelli, W.K. Marriott

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“If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”--Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

One of the foremost examples of modern philosophy, Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince is notorious for the morality it expounds, often summarized by the phrase, “The end justifies the means.” With The Prince, Machiavelli’s intent was to provide practical advice for rulers and politicians, especially in regard to the unification of Italy. The Prince and Other Writings is an important book for those interested in history, politics, ethics, and human nature, and is now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, providing a chic and affordable addition to any library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626861329
Publisher: Canterbury Classics
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: Word Cloud Classics
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
File size: 636 KB

About the Author

Niccolo Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance.
William K. Marriott was a translator of many Renaissance works, including Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince.

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The Prince and Other Writings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
flowersophelia More than 1 year ago
If you are a collector of classic books, like to have a well stocked personal library, are looking to familiarize yourself with those books that "any well educated, well read person should read", or are just a fan of Machiovelli, this is a great buy for you. This edition of The Prince is a beautifully bond book that will look great on a collector's shelf or as part of a set of Niccolo Machiovelli's work. I picked this book up simply because Machiovelli is referenced in so many books anymore that I felt I should read his work in order to better understand the references. Now I am glad I did because it is just so interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What sticks with me after reading 'The Prince' is how blunt the text is regarding the value of human life. The most interesting feature, to me, was the purposeful lack of discussion regarding moral obligation. Machiavelli makes no mention of right or wrong only of what is necessary. This is a fast read, however, agree with the methods or not, you will be intrigued by this look into the political theory of conquests.
DeneMD More than 1 year ago
Just a great little volume in hardback showing the political mind and humor of the time. Please check it out.
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent introduction to this figure so important to the development of the state and politics. There is a very good biographical sketch of Michiavelli that places him in the historical and geographical context of the time, begins with a chronology, has maps, then selections of his writings. He lived a full life in difficult times.
chellinsky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading The Prince made me realize that I liked Machiavelli's take on the justness and rightness of war better than the Catholic philosophers. To use a metaphor from a class I took on the Great Books on World Politics, where the Catholics tried to fit a square peg into a round hole, Machiavelli just used the round peg. In other words, rather than using convoluted logic to make a dubious argument as Aquinas insisted upon, Machiavelli used one maxim--uphold the benefit of the people of the state above all else--and drew conclusions from that. Sure, this may require unsavory acts, but at least he is upfront and honest about it. He doesn't cloak it in the way Aquinas and Augustine do.
julsitos2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best way to manipulate a group of people. Very readable translation. GMA's bible in controlling the Filipino masses.
davidpwithun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting read. Machiavelli was certainly an interesting man with some interesting, and somewhat complicated, ideas. I appreciate that this particular translation of The Prince included other related works by Machiavelli, including even some portions of his Discourses on Livy. The translation was also spectacular and I especially appreciate that the translator pointed out in the text each time that Machiavelli used the Italian word "virtu" or a related word, a word that is very important in Machiavelli's lexicon and has great implications for his philosophy. The introduction and notes at the end of each chapter were also excellent resources for further information about references that Machiavelli makes to events and people in his own life as well as throughout European history. The Prince is an interesting work all on its own, a foundational work for modern political philosophy, but this particular version made it much more accessible and for that I am very grateful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay read. A bit historical for my taste.
AlexeyB More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! This is how a true book should be presented; no introduction, or an attempt to explain the authors meaning, which usually turns into someones opinion, that totally distracts from enjoyment of the book and wastes pages. I will highly reccomend this edition, keeping in mind that one should know who Machiavelli was.
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Lockhart7 More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth it if you're interested in 15th century literature. It can be confusing at times (which makes the Barnes & Nobles Classics footnotes all the more appreciated). Read it carefully. Not only is it packed full of intricate & stern advice, it's based on a lot of Italian history that not many readers (myself included) might be aware of. In a few instances, Machiavelli comes off as an unbelievable sexist, comparing "Fortune or fate" to a female who must be beaten upon to be conquered. But closer analysis shows many of his ideas have double meanings. If you can get past his pigheadedness, Machiavelli does actually have some valuable advice for rulers and regular people alike.