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The Prince Paperback – Aug 2015
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Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy, on 3rd May 1469. He was the second son of Bernardo di Niccolò Machiavelli, a lawyer of some repute and of Bartolommea di Stefano Nelli, his wife. Both parents were members of the old Florentine nobility.
His life falls naturally into three periods, each of which singularly enough constitutes a distinct and important era in the history of Florence. No one can say where the bones of Machiavelli rest, but modern Florence has decreed him a stately cenotaph in Santa Croce, by the side of her most famous sons; recognizing that, whatever other nations may have found in his works, Italy found in them the idea of her unity and the germs of her renaissance among the nations of Europe.
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“How we live is so different from how we onght to live that he who studies what onght to be done rather than what is done will learn the way to his downfall rather than to his preservation”
“Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn HOW TO BE GOOD, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.”
“The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly on the vulgar”.
“Men onght either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, or more serious ones they cannot therefore the injury that is to be good to a man onght to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge”.
“Princes must delegate difficult tasks to others, and keep popular ones for themselves”.
Author Machiavelli talks about Casare Borgia, who has this region that he needs to bring under control.
This is just an information, knowledge isn’t inherently right or wrong it depends on what you do with it.
I would highly recommend it read.
But, the quality of book is not upto the price it's being sold for. I got the hardcover edition at ₹304 from the seller Atlantic Publishers, which is the original publisher himself. The printed price on book is ₹225.
As there is no royalty involved for the author (Machiavelli is long dead; there is no owner of this content and therefore Peacock Books didn't had to buy any rights for the work.). That means the complete amount is going to Atlantic Publishers. (Maybe W. K. Marriott is involved, but I highly doubt it.)
And what do they get you for ₹304? Bhangaar. Waste.
Paper is average. Binding is below average for price. Printing and font is not as per expectations. They didn't even put anything about Machiavelli himself, who is so much described in even the free ebook.
I advice the publisher to either sell the price at lesser price, or to make the book worth so much. ₹3 per page is too costly for what you have published.
It starts with different types of the states and how to conquer them and most important how to rule them and how to retain them. Two important things which come up is 1. It is very difficult to overcome a hereditary rules, the only way is to wipe out his full family and then also it’ll be difficult to rule 2. States won by crime, it is very tough to retain them but it’s surely possible to retain them, if the rules focus of the welfare of the subjects after he attains the crown by treachery or heinous crime. We can judge the relevance of the book in the context of the Indian politics.
It also states “A man who becomes king with the support of the people, then, must keep those people on his side. This is easy enough since all they want is to be free from oppression. But the man who becomes the king against the will of the majority and with the support of the wealthy nobles must make is an absolute priority to win over the affection of the common people.
It also explains various kinds of armies and also the question of mercenary army support. He says it should be avoided as much as possible as the army built from within the people of the state is more powerful as it fights with its will and dedication for its mother land. Even if any state deploys the mercenary army it can’t get rid of it after the task is over as it can’t be brought under the rule nor it can be fired so the last choice being to finish them but then again it weakens the state. I hope our neighboring country or at least its policy makers read this book. It can learn a lot from it.
The book also shows what men and particularly rulers are praised and blamed for. If you want to play the good man in the world where most of the people are not good, you’ll end up badly. Hence, if a ruler wants to survive, he’ll have to learn to stop being good, at least when the occasion demands. A good ruler mustn’t be concerned about the bad reputation that comes with the negative qualities that are almost essential if he is to hold on to power. If you think about it, there’ll always be something that looks morally right but would actually lead a ruler to disaster, and something else that looks wrong but will bring security and success.
Generosity practiced out of real good will, as it should be, risks passing unnoticed and you won’t escape a reputation of meanness. Since a ruler can’t be generous and show it without putting himself at risk, if he’s sensible he won’t mind getting a reputation for meanness.
Cruelty and compassion. Whether it’s better to be feared or loved? Since the people decide for themselves whether to love a ruler or not, while it’s the ruler who decides whether they are going to fear him, a sensible man will base his power on what he controls, not on what others have freedom to choose. But he must take care that people don’t come to hate him. And a ruler won’t be hated if he keeps his hands off his subject’s property and their women.
A ruler and his promises
Everyone will appreciate how admirable it is for a ruler to keep his word and be honest rather than deceitful. However, in our times we’ve had examples of leaders who’ve done great things without worrying too much about keeping their word. Outwitting opponents with their cunning, these men achieved more than leaders who behaved honestly.
This book also shows what a ruler should do to win respect and some hints on the rulers’ ministers and how to avoid flatterers. The sensible ruler must find a middle way, choosing intelligent men for ministers and giving them and only them the right to tell him the truth, and only on the issues he asks about, not in general.
So people I think all can understand whether to read this book or not, it entirely rests upon you.
Having read “Art of War” & “Arthasasthra” I was still able to enjoy Niccolo’s observations of Politics, War, Emperors & Republic.
It’s a very condensed read & it’s not written in simple English, so following the chapters was not that easy.
The famous examples of Roman Emperors & Other Famous Conquerors illustrated by Niccolo were to the point but his examples with the Politics of Italy when he was alive was very hard to follow since it had too many characters.
The Latter Chapter was a mini-history of Italian Politics of the day which I mostly skipped through.
But the points put forth by Niccolo rings true to even this day & age; students, businessmen & politicians alike have something here to read & ponder !
Obviously there is no point in trying to "review" the book itself. If you are here then you know what this is. All I can say is that the book is well designed like most Penguin classics and the font is large and clear with good quality paper. The introduction by Tim Parks is superb and worth the price of the book alone.
The product arrived on time and was brand new and in pristine condition. Thank you Amazon and hope you will always keep your services like this!
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