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A new translation of the infamous Renaissance classic, in a striking deluxe edition
The original blueprint for realpolitik, "The Prince" shocked sixteenth-century Europe with its advocacy of ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abandonment of conventional morality. For this treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, this seminal work of modern political thought retains its power to alarm and to instruct.
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About the Author
Considered one of the great early political analysts, Niccolo Machiavelli is a historical figure in the turning point from the Middle Ages to the Modern World. In his most famous work, "The Prince", he promoted the then revolutionary and prophetic idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena.
Tim Parks has lived in Italy since 1981. He is the author of eleven novels, three accounts of life in Italy, two collections of essays and many translations of Italian writers.