The Prince and Other Writings

By: Machiavelli, Niccolo

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"The Prince and Other Writings," by Niccolo Machiavelli, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics":

  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of history's greatest political philosophers, Niccolo Machiavelli is notorious for his treatise "The Prince," which has become a cornerstone of modern political theory. Written in 1513 and published in 1532, after Machivelli's death, "The Prince" immediately provoked controversy that has continued unabated to this day.
    Defining human nature as inherently selfish, Machiavelli proposes that social conflict and violence are natural phenomena that help determine the ablest, most versatile form of government. Asserting that idealism has no place in the political arena, "The Prince" primarily addresses a monarch's difficulties in retaining authority. Considered the first expression of political realism, it has often been accused of advocating a political philosophy in which "the end justifies the means." Indeed the emphasis in "The Prince" on practical success, at the expense even of traditional moral values, earned Machiavelli a reputation for ruthlessness, deception, and cruelty. Many scholars contend, however, that the author's pragmatic views of ethics and politics reflected the realities of his time, as exemplified by the Medici family of Florence.
    Debates about Machiavelli's theories are as lively today as they were 450 years ago, but no one questions the importance of his fundamental contribution to Western political thought. This newly translated edition also includes Machiavelli's "Letter to Francesco Vettori," "The Life of Castruccio Castracani," and excerpts from the "Discourses on Livy."
    Wayne A. Rebhorn, Celanese Centennial Professor of English at the University of Texas, has authored numerous studies of Renaissance European literature. His "Foxes and Lions: Machiavelli's Confidence Men" won the Howard R. Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association of America in 1990.

  • Title: The Prince and Other Writings

    Author Name: Machiavelli, Niccolo

    Categories: Philosophy.,

    Publisher: Barnes & Noble:

    ISBN Number: 1593080603

    ISBN Number 13: 9781593080600

    Binding: Trade Paperback

    Book Condition: vg

    Seller ID: BB0233161

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