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The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli

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Have you ever heard the expression "machiavellian"? It comes from this historical book. The Prince, a political and philosophical discourse on real-world leadership, was written in 1513 by the celebrated diplomat and theorist Niccolo Machiavelli, and is still one of the most important books on strategic management ever written.

As opposed to authors from our time, Machiavelli lived in a time of principalities and met with countless princes as a prominent diplomat in Florence. From these experiences he gathered the most successful traits of leaders, and explains his findings in The Prince.

A careless review of The Prince may describe its advice as cold and amoral, as in Machiavelli's most quoted phrase: โ€œ"the ends justify the means.โ€ However, if you read this book and digest it thoroughly you'll find that Machiavelli bases his advice on proven leadership techniques and the perception of his amorality is based on the fact that he puts emphasis on realism (real-world proven methods) as opposed to other authors who focus on idealism.

Whether you agree or not with Machiavelli's high sense of realism and purpose, this book is a must-have in the collection of entrepreneurs, businessmen, politicians and leaders in general.

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A very good yet short book. I recommend this book to everyone.
Don't pass this one up!

- A. Guild

A classic!

The separation of ethics from politics is a key component in Machiavelli's political theory. What matters is the end results. Machiavelli has tapped into the darkest and truest elements of the human nature. You have to read "the prince" to understand today's politics and politicians.
The book is a disturbing reading that is based on reality in politics.

- Rev. Richard S. "Rick S"

A true classic

Every young man should read this book before the age of 21 and find himself through it. Several other reviewers have eloquently illustrated the merits of this classic text quite nicely, but what it comes down to is that each of us must find his own way.

This work is brutal and it is honest. You will face yourself in it. It is this face you must recognize and choose your life-path at that point. If more of us did this one thing, we would have a much more cohesive society.

John Edwards

Anyone who abandons what is...

For the life of me, I don't understand why Niccolo Machiavelli was vilified as mean-spirited. This book cuts through the camouflage of pretense and lay's out the logical and methodical steps of acquiring and maintaining power. It also correctly presupposes, given all men being equal, that our true nature is that of selfishness unless we're forced to be or do otherwise. If you want to cut through the maze of political correctness and learn a something about human nature read this book, it's fun and revealing.

- Dextra L. Suggs

Good information

Many of Macchavelli's principal relate to both the Political world and the business world. It should be in every library.

Macchavelli speaking to the the the prince gives general rules for conducting his affairs covering political rivals, war, money, etc. He goes into detail about how to be a good leader and gain results.

This could be quite hard for those who lack the concentration. I would recommend the book to all aspiring leaders, politians, and businessmen.

J. FERRARA "Jay"

Absolute Brilliance

This book is the ultimate reference on leadership. Seizing and holding power. Machiavelli discusses his views on Italy, military forces, Politics, enemies, Alexander the great, Popes, Rome and Sparta, Venetians, Florentines, Biblical references, Governments, Religion and Warfare.

He discusses many great rulers among Italy and individually discusses their victories and defeats...He points out who made the mistakes and who did what was correct to achieve greatness.

Contains Advice, philosophical points of view, different perspectives on what these Princes and Rulers could have done to gain power in their kingdoms, all from Machiavelli's point of view and its dead on brilliant. There's also lines in this book that have prevailed over 100's of years that you will recognize immediately. I highly recommend this to anyone.

- Amy Lynn

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