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The Prince (Penguin Classics)

The Prince (Penguin Classics)
Author: Niccolo Machiavelli
ISBN 13: 9780140449150
ISBN 10: 140449159
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2003-02-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 106
List Price: $8.00

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.