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review 2015-10-10 00:00
The Prince (Xist Classics)
The Prince (Xist Classics) - Niccolo Machiavelli I have fulfilled my duty as a political science major and read this. Excellent, fantastic, intriguing, and a superbly entertaining read for a nerd like me.
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text 2015-07-27 17:41
The Prince - George Bull,Niccolò Machiavelli

Well, that was a nice little guide on what not to do.

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review 2014-01-22 08:03
Il principe
El Principe - Niccolò Machiavelli

Finished “Il principe" written by Machiavelli today. I liked it, it’s interesting and easy to read. The chapters are short so you don’t get tired while reading it. 

I’m glad I read it by choice and not because I had to study it because otherwise I would have hated it.

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review 2013-10-11 15:26
The Prince
The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli His very name has become, like that of Hobbes and Nietzsche, a byword for a cold, brutal ruthlessness. It's even said on the Wiki that he helped make "Old Nick" a term for the Devil (something the introduction to my edition denies) and political philosopher Leo Strauss called him "the teacher of evil." His book The Prince is one of the most influential books of all time and is known as the Bible of realpolitik, and Machiavelli is seen by some as the father of political science. In a letter Machiavelli claimed his "little work" (it's less than a hundred pages in paperback) was designed to examine the state, "discussing what a principality is, what kinds there are, how they are acquired, how they are maintained, why they are lost." The heart of his advice to the ruler is to be "prepared to vary his conduct as the winds of fortune and changing circumstances constrain him and … not deviate from right conduct if possible, but be capable of entering upon the path of wrongdoing when this becomes necessary." Thus The Prince can be said to be at the other end of the scale to utopian thinking; it's utterly pragmatic. And given my lack of sympathy for utopian schemes, you'd think this would be more to my taste. Yet in some ways I see both approaches as similar. Both sorts of thinking believe that ends justify the means. Utopian schemes from Plato to Mao willingly bend humans like pretzels to fit their ideals--Machiavelli wants his rulers to manipulate, deceive, and force his subjects to his ends, without worrying about whether the means are moral. Without caring about principles, what's left is just naked power. So why rate this so high? Well, I at least appreciate Machiavelli's style compared to that of so many political thinkers. One thing at least all commentators agree on is that his writing is succinct and lucid--and memorable. Hard to forget such precepts as "politics has no relation to morals" and "it is better to be feared than loved" and "a prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise" and "Fortune is a woman, and if you want to stay on top of her, you have to knock her around." The man can turn a phrase. Fun and chilling to read at the same time--and great insight into politics and the minds of many politicians. And given Machiavelli's experience as a diplomat and head of a militia, and his deep pragmatism, it's not like even principled statesman working for their ideals should ignore his advice--if only as a warning.
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review 2013-09-30 00:00
The Prince
The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli FINALLY FINISHED.

Though basically everything I learned from this book I already knew from reading Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game serieses.
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