Friday, July 08, 2005

"The Prince" and "The Art of War", Books with meaning

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The below from Barnes and Noble found here on the web.

The Prince
Described as a practical rule-book for the diplomat and a handbook of evil, this work provides an uncompromising picture of the true nature of power.

Need to seize a country? Have enemies you must destroy? In this handbook for despots and tyrants, the Renaissance statesman Machiavelli sets forth how to accomplish this and more, while avoiding the awkwardness of becoming generally hated and despised.

"Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge."

For nearly 500 years, Machiavelli's observations on Realpolitik have shocked and appalled the timid and romantic, and for many his name was equivalent to the devil's own. Yet, The Prince was the first attempt to write of the world of politics as it is, rather than sanctimoniously of how it should be, and thus The Prince remains as honest and relevant today as when Machiavelli first put quill to parchment, and warned the junior statesman to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity.


The book has been variously described as the first to analyze the role of the political elite; as the one that established the independence of politics from theology; as an early formulation of the political 'myth' required to galvanize apolitical masses into revolutionary action; as a practical rule-book containing timeless precepts for the diplomat; and, most frequently, as the handbook of evil. Based upon Machiavelli's firsthand experience as an emissary of the Florentine Republic to the courts of Europe, The Prince analyzes the often-violent means by which political power is seized and retained, and the circumstances in which it is lost. Above all, it provides a remarkably uncompromising picture of the true nature of power, no matter in what era or by whom it is exercised.


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Andrew Kau (, a Yale student, January 24, 2003,
Machiavelli Misunderstood
Almost everyone has a completely incorrect impression of Machiavelli's political views. Stupid publishers who dub The Prince "a handbook for despots" and the like go far to advance this misconception. I would advise everyone who has ever heard of The Prince to buy the Bondanella/Musa translation and read the Introduction; it will set the record straight.

A reviewer, October 28, 2002,
A True Renaissance Man!
Niccolo is one of the few writers before the 19th century to portray the realism that encompasses our society. He was a true political genius, unafraid of the consequences of his opinions of love and fear. Although, while reading, you can't help but ask yourself, 'was he loved or feared?'
Also recommended: Animal Farm by George Orwell

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The Prince must be a State Governments bible ...


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