Machiavelli's "The Prince" Book Review by Nicky

Machiavelli's "The Prince"
An overview of Machiavelli's book, "The Prince", written in 1583 and heralded as an important text of political science.
# 147432 | 1,783 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2011 in Political Science (Machiavelli, Niccolo)

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This paper is a review of Niccolo Machiavelli's book, ''The Prince'', explaining that it is regarded as one of the basic texts of Western political science, and represents a basic change in the attitude and image of government. The paper also explains that "The Prince" was written as a practical guide for governing and is presented in a simple and logical manner with the intention of providing practical, clear advice. The paper further explains that Machiavelli is far more relevant today than not, as the best leaders, according to the author, were those who practiced cruel or evil acts as a matter of necessity rather than because their positions allowed it.

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Relevancy...and Not

From the Paper:

''Yes. This book has long been considered a guidebook for those who are in power or who wish to have power. Through logical thought about politics and power, Machiavelli is the dependable source on how one should (or should not) lead and govern.
''Machiavelli discusses, in chapter 17, whether it is better to be loved or feared as a leader. He indicates that all princes should strive for both, but that it is much better to be feared than
loved. Many countries today use that same fear to control their populations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • By Perseus Publishing Staff, Basic Books, Editors Of Perseus Publishing. Movers and Shakers: the 100 most influential figures in modern business. New York: Basic Books, 2003.
  • CiteULike. "The New Machiavelli: The Art of Politics in Business: An abstract." February 2008. 18 March 2009 <>.
  • Halsall, Paul. "Medievil Source Book: Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince [excerpts], 1513." November 1996. Fordham University. 17 March 2009 <>.
  • Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. London: Waking Lion Press, 2006.
  • Pollock, Frederick. An Introduction to the History of the Science of Politics. London: MacMillan, 1935.

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