The Portable Machiavelli

The Portable Machiavelli Edited and translated by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa The Portable Machiavelli not only gives the casual reader a chance to read different personal and professional works of Machiavelli but also s

  • Title: The Portable Machiavelli
  • Author: Niccolò Machiavelli Peter Bondanella Mark Musa
  • ISBN: 9780140150926
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edited and translated by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa, The Portable Machiavelli not only gives the casual reader a chance to read different personal and professional works of Machiavelli, but also strives to do away with many of the myths that have plagued the man s posthumous fame For example, the famous the ends justifies the means quote is actually a gross exaggeEdited and translated by Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa, The Portable Machiavelli not only gives the casual reader a chance to read different personal and professional works of Machiavelli, but also strives to do away with many of the myths that have plagued the man s posthumous fame For example, the famous the ends justifies the means quote is actually a gross exaggeration of what Machiavelli originally wrote, which was in the actions of all menwhen there is no impartial arbiter, one must consider the final result The biggest counterargument Bondanella and Musa can supply is the simple fact that they include a less famous piece Machiavelli did called The Discourses This piece is often not mentioned or even casually footnoted because it presents the true Machiavelli a man who was supportive of a Republic government run by the citizens Any one who believes Machiavelli is a supporter of despots will be surprised to read him speaking in support for fair and public trials and a balance of power between rulers and their people.

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    1. I have read Machiavelli’s most widely known work, The Prince, any number of times, and I always enjoy returning to this commonly misunderstood political writer, a writer subject to having quotations lifted in isolation and having them used to mischaracterize his opinions and intent. On the present occasion I read The Portable Machiavelli (containing The Prince and many other of Machiavelli’s writings) at the same time that I was enjoying the Teaching Company’s Great Courses series on Machi [...]

    2. A twisted mind, a thousand twisted compromises, a twisted heart of immorality. All the makings of a morally skewed worldview, and Machiavelli possessed them all. This is a great book to read to learn the insights of a morally and philosophically depraved man, but this is not the kind of book you would want to read as a bed time story or a "how-to" book.

    3. The year 2013 marks both the celebration of Italian culture in America and the five-hundred-year anniversary of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. Written in 1513, but not published in its entirety until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death, the author's heady advice has turned his last name into a pejorative adjective, synonymous with deceit, deception, ruthless manipulation, and state-sponsored violence. Irony number one: the man for whom Machiavelli penned the advice for died before he [...]

    4. Niccolo' Machiavelli seemed to have had some inside contacts with the politico of the 1500's. Because of these contacts, The Prince reads like a discussion between an advisor and a politician. In fact, Machiavelli wrote this part of the larger work, Discourses, to one Lorenzo de' Medici, and later changed it to one Duke of Urbino. I list this out only to remind anyone who reads this that Machiavelli's infamous reputation as being cruel and heartless is unfounded. I believe that Machiavelli was g [...]

    5. This is a critical piece in anyones education. Politics and war are fought by those who believe in it. If you don't you will still need to understand them--just look at the world around you. If you read it with an open mind you might just learn something important about life though I wouldn't suggest assimilating the entirety of his hardliner approach. I want it to be know that yes, I am a need. I read this for fun before I even dreamed of taking Political Theory.

    6. A wide variety of insightful writings by one of the foremost thinkers of his age, The Portable Machiavelli demonstrates the author's divergent interests and talents. Known largely for The Prince, an examination of how a ruler should best control his territory and his people, Machaivelli the playwright also deserves credit, though as a military tactician and practitioner he appears to have fallen amusingly short.

    7. better than most self help books. not entirely practical, but if you're climbing the corporate ladder, do digest some machiavelli before the board meeting. it might help your strategy.

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