The Prince

By: Machiavelli, Niccolo; Gauss, Christian

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One-and-a-half inch tear along bottom edge of front wrapper near spine, wrappers and pages very faintly toned, ink name. 1952 Mass Market Paperback. 127 pp. The most controversial book ever written on the subject of power. For over four hundred years, The Prince has been the basic handbook of politics, statesmanship, and power. Written by the most successful statesman of his time, this fascinating document remains as pertinent today as when it first appeared. The result is a highly readable, witty--and devilishly shrewd--formula that has long been required reading for everyone interested in politics and power. The Prince (Italian: Il Principe [il 'print?ipe]) is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccol Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (Of Principalities).[1] However, the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. This was done with the permission of the Medici pope Clement VII, but long before then, in fact since the first appearance of The Prince in manuscript, controversy had swirled about his writings.[2] Although it was written as if it were a traditional work in the mirrors for princes style, it is generally agreed that it was especially innovative. This is only partly because it was written in the vernacular Italian rather than Latin, a practice which had become increasingly popular since the publication of Dante's Divine Comedy and other works of Renaissance literature.[3][4] The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning politics and ethics.[5][6] Although it is relatively short, the treatise is the most remembered of Machiavelli's works and the one most responsible for bringing the word Machiavellian into usage as a pejorative. It even contributed to the modern negative connotations of the words politics and politician in western countries.[7] In terms of subject matter it overlaps with the much longer Discourses on Livy, which was written a few years later. In its use of near-contemporary Italians as examples of people who perpetrated criminal deeds for politics, another lesser-known work by Machiavelli which The Prince has been compared to is the Life of Castruccio Castracani.

Title: The Prince

Author: Machiavelli, Niccolo; Gauss, Christian

Categories: Philosophy, Political Science,

Publisher: New York, Mentor / New American Library: 1952

ISBN Number: 0451001915

ISBN Number 13: 9780451001917

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2269195