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The Prince

Written by: Niccolò Machiavelli
Narrated by: Greg Wagland
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
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The Prince, Machiavelli's 'little book', was written in 1513 and is dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici. It remains a compelling and controversial treatise on politics, dispensing often cynical, sometimes brutal advice on gaining power and retaining it. Essential listening for our masters perhaps, but most certainly for those of us who would not be mastered. The text used here is the unabridged and classic translation by W. K. Marriott.

Public Domain (P)2013 Magpie Audio

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The cultural atmosphere important

This book has lived so long as a work of political advice that most people don’t know the background it came out of.

Basically a playwright who wrote critical works about the government is pushed into exile and writes this book to the son of the man who exiled him when that son takes power. This would be like John Steward or John Oliver or Trevor Noah writing a book called ‘The President’ and listing all the things that bush, bush W and trump did as right and mocking everything done by Clinton and Obama.

Or take the book with a grain of salt and look for the double meanings as you listen. As such a work it holds well against the test of time.

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Informative

A must read if you plan on taking over a small nation with your army. For the rest of us, either an look into the political history of a time long past, or that book your teacher is making you write a report on.

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A must read...

...simply a must read for any young man. I will make sure my son reads it.

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Interesting listen

Good performance,
The story is slightly behind the times from an ethical moral perspective
However, some applicable lessons with regards to leadership
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Interesting read

It felt like taking a trip back in time and seeing the world through his eyes.

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  • David
  • 2015-02-07

Easy access and well transposed by the narrator.

What made the experience of listening to The Prince the most enjoyable?

Knowing this is considered his most recognized work it was easy to see and appreciate his foundation and political leanings. A good introduction for those that want to go on to more in-depth investigation of his works and political strategies - with this on mind Great Courses offer great follow-up insight and courses for those interested in his work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-04-29

Well, at least I can say I've read it

I was hoping that this book, like the Art of War, would give me insights into how to deal with modern workplace politics or have some other applicable lessons. And, like the Art of War, I was disappointed.

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  • Michael J. Gallagher jr.
  • 2016-03-11

Excellent Narration

You can't beat the price. The narration quality is excellent.

I enjoyed the Prince, I don't know if I'll ever be able to apply Machiavelli's tactics in the careers I'm looking at. It is however an excellent examination of the politics of the time and place.