Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince on The Art of Power The New Illustrated Edition of the Renaissance Masterpiece on Leadership

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-07
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird
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With a scene-setting historical introduction, this newly translated and illustrated edition of a classic work is an essential addition to any home library. Written in 1512,The Princeis the masterpiece by Florentine political philosopher, poet, and playwright Niccolo Machiavelli. Although Machiavelli's book has been frequently misunderstood as a manual for unprincipled manipulators and tyrants, careful reading reveals that it actually identifies freedom as an essential characteristic of a good society. In fact, much of Machiavelli's republican thought can be identified in the American constitution, and many of his ideassuch as the belief that life is subject to change and that the winners will be those flexible enough to adaptremain as applicable today as they were half a millennium ago. - This edition combines fine photographic illustrations with a new translation of one of the great literary works of history, together with a fascinating and insightful 1827 essay on Machiavelli by the great historian Thomas B. Macaulay - Part of the popularArt of...series, featuring beautiful packaging, silk covers, and a gifty look - A classic text that critically examines the relationship between moral goodness and legitimate authority, setting out timeless principles for pursuing power and fortune and using them to best effect in securing order and peace - Machiavelli's secular values and ethical insights are supremely relevant todaylaying bare the self-interested nature of human conduct and underlining the idea that appearances can be as effective as actions

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