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The Prince has been of paramount importance in the historical and political development of the modern world. Nelson Runger's performance is clear and thought-provoking, capturing the essence of this 16th-century classic. Machiavelli analyzes the characteristics and qualities of a prince; he explains how a ruler can seize power and how he can maintain it. In his examination of power, Machiavelli is ruthless and thorough. His theories have made him an essential voice in the study of government. Nelson Runger's narration provides the audience with a fresh and indispensable version of this masterpiece.
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The Prince was the first great work of modern political and historical analysis, but it suffered from a tragic flaw: Machiavelli chose as his "hero" Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI, who, unknown to the author, employed murder as one of his tools of statecraft. While Machiavelli had patriotic intentions and praised Borgia for defending his homeland from political, diplomatic, and military attacks, Borgia was unmasked and the Vatican eventually banned the book. The Prince was later studied by Hitler, Stalin, Richelieu, Bismarck, and Frederick the Great.
(P)1987 by Recorded Books, Inc.
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By Patrick on 12-01-05

Machiavelli, telling it like it is

A good reading of The Prince. This is the translation by Luigi Ricci, with a revision by E.R.P. Vincent. If you want to follow along with the text this translation is available in "The Prince and The Discourses" w/an introduction by Max Lerner. (The Modern Library, New York). If you listen to Machiavelli and just don't get it, I recommend "Machiavelli on Modern Leadership" by Michael A. Ledeen. He has some modern day Machiavellian examples that may help you grasp some of the concepts/theories.

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By Plato777 on 02-10-03

A timeless classic!

Together with Sun Tzu's Art of War and Plato's Republic, the Prince is the third view of how Power and Fortune should be handled.

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By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

not bad

Cruel, but in the context of its time, pragmatic advice for a prince. Decent narrator.

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