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ISBN-10: 0140449159
ISBN-13: 9780140449150
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 02/04/2003
Dimensions: 7.78" L, 5.06" W, 0.36" H

The Prince

Translator: George Bull
Introduction by: Anthony Grafton
Notes by: George Bull

Paperback

Price: $8.00

Overview

Machiavelli’s highly influential treatise on political power

The Prince shocked Europe on publication with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. Niccoló Machiavelli drew on his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideal but with a regime that would last, The Prince has become the bible of realpolitik, and it still retains its power to alarm and to instruct. In this edition, Machiavelli’s tough-minded and pragmatic Italian is preserved in George Bull’s clear, unambiguous translation.

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"[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
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Details

ISBN-10: 0140449159
ISBN-13: 9780140449150
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publish Date: 02/04/2003
Dimensions: 7.78" L, 5.06" W, 0.36" H
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