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    This Penguin Classic is performed by Simon Callow, actor and director, known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, and the BBC adaptation of A Christmas Carol

    As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli, knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial ever since. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers? When is it necessary to break the rules? Is it better to be feared than loved? Examining regimes and their rulers the world over and throughout history, from Roman Emperors to renaissance Popes, from Hannibal to Cesare di Borgia, Machievalli answers all these questions in a work of realpolitik that still has shrewd political lessons for today.   

    Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence, and served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, as ambassador and foreign policy-maker. When the Medici family returned to power in 1512 he was suspected of conspiracy, imprisoned and tortured and forced to retire from public life. His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics.

    If you enjoyed The Prince, you might like Plato's Republic, also available in Penguin Classics.

    Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio


    "Tim Parks's swift and supple new translation brings out all its chilling modernity." (Boyd Tonkin, Independent)

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    • WesTex Homesteading & Outdoors
    • 20/04/2021

    Best version to listen to

    I bought the Audio Classic version but couldn’t stand the narrator. I caught myself dozing off. This version is much more interesting and to the point.

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    • 17/11/2020

    Wisdom that endures

    True wisdom ages well, one can see much of these strategum in today's political events. There are also many lessons for the business world, although I personally object to the portions that suggest not being held back by moral issues. One can just take the parts offering sage wisdom and be on the lookout to protect oneself against others engaging in more vicious behavior.

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    • 03/07/2020

    Great narration

    The text speaks for itself and so I will not comment on it.

    I will say thus is my favorite audiobook narrator that I’ve ever heard on any book.