Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review: The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Signet Classic Edition)

Synopsis: For over four hundred years, The Prince has been the basic handbook of politics, statesmanship, and power. Written by a Florentine nobleman whose name has become a synonym for crafty plotting, this fascinating document is as pertinent today as when it first appeared. The most successful statesman of his era, Machieavelli wanted to set down for all time the rules and moves in the ageless game of politics. The results is this highly readable, witty - and devilishly shrewd - formula that has long been required reading for anyone interested in politics and power. (from the back of the Signet Classic Edition)

Review: Having heard many thing about this book, I was eager to dig in and see what the fuss was about. I have to say, Machiavelli was an INTJ. His prose, his ideas, his assessments - all of them are logical, well-explained, and rational. I understand why people might assume he is conniving and evil. But truthfully, he's just practical and honest about what it takes to rule. If I ever decide to take over the world, Machiavelli will be my guide.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-451-52746-1
Date Finished: 12-20-2014
Pages: 127

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