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Here are The Prince and the most important of the Discourses newly translated into spare, vivid English. Why a new translation? Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations, says David Wootton in his Introduction. In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice. (And indeed, Wootton’s Here are The Prince and the most important of the Discourses newly translated into spare, vivid English. Why a new translation? Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations, says David Wootton in his Introduction. In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice. (And indeed, Wootton’s Machiavelli does just that when the occasion demands: renderings of that most problematic of words, virtu, are in each instance followed by the Italian). Notes, a map, and an altogether remarkable Introduction no less authoritative for being grippingly readable, help make this edition an ideal first encounter with Machiavelli for any student of history and political theory.


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Here are The Prince and the most important of the Discourses newly translated into spare, vivid English. Why a new translation? Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations, says David Wootton in his Introduction. In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice. (And indeed, Wootton’s Here are The Prince and the most important of the Discourses newly translated into spare, vivid English. Why a new translation? Machiavelli was never the dull, worthy, pedantic author who appears in the pages of other translations, says David Wootton in his Introduction. In the pages that follow I have done my best to let him speak in his own voice. (And indeed, Wootton’s Machiavelli does just that when the occasion demands: renderings of that most problematic of words, virtu, are in each instance followed by the Italian). Notes, a map, and an altogether remarkable Introduction no less authoritative for being grippingly readable, help make this edition an ideal first encounter with Machiavelli for any student of history and political theory.

30 review for Selected Political Writings

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I only read The Prince out of this collection for a class. It had very interesting viewpoints and ideas, but was very repetitive and dry. I’d only recommend the read if you are interested in the subject/time period.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    Machiavelli makes for an incredible read. This translation does him justice.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma Iadanza

    A fine translation, really.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rifat Islam

    Fascinating analysis of what makes effective rulers. I think he's correct but also believe that he's too quick to disregard moral considerations which is very post-christian of him Fascinating analysis of what makes effective rulers. I think he's correct but also believe that he's too quick to disregard moral considerations which is very post-christian of him

  5. 4 out of 5

    K

    This gets four stars because it was a stabby walk in the park compared to everything else assigned for class. I liked Wootton's translating job and the introductory essay was intriguing even to a political theory neophyte. Sprightly, mischievous. Kind of thrilling to read Machiavelli's casual tips to pre-emptively murder anybody who could stand in your way, and his provoking praise for Borgia and baffling scare tactics like leaving bisected corpses of scapegoated henchmen in public places. Excer This gets four stars because it was a stabby walk in the park compared to everything else assigned for class. I liked Wootton's translating job and the introductory essay was intriguing even to a political theory neophyte. Sprightly, mischievous. Kind of thrilling to read Machiavelli's casual tips to pre-emptively murder anybody who could stand in your way, and his provoking praise for Borgia and baffling scare tactics like leaving bisected corpses of scapegoated henchmen in public places. Excerpts from The Discourses were alright. He talks about Republicanism and the masses a lot, but apparently it all comes down to how to preserve the power and independence of the state.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I gave it a "2-Star" Review but, I mean, how do I give something like Machiavelli a rating. The bright side of having read Machiavelli is that I can confidently say things like "how Machiavellian" now. I, of course, have been saying that for a long time but had no idea what I was talking about. I gave it a "2-Star" Review but, I mean, how do I give something like Machiavelli a rating. The bright side of having read Machiavelli is that I can confidently say things like "how Machiavellian" now. I, of course, have been saying that for a long time but had no idea what I was talking about.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jean Jaques

    Classic work must have for book shelves

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It's a fairly dense book but super interesting. Machiavelli is a tyrant but with good reason and solid ideas. It's a fairly dense book but super interesting. Machiavelli is a tyrant but with good reason and solid ideas.

  9. 5 out of 5

    William Cameron

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    Heather's Mum

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rob Leverett

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Tom Oman

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Tackabery

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    Bill Smith

  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Eric Thrond

  22. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Gandy

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    Daniel

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    Michael Gawlinski

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie

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    Carl

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    Jocelyn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Byron Sonne

    Pretty good. I admit going into this that I had serious preconceptions about "Machiavellianism" but I was mistaken. He was appears to be, and advocated, much more sensible and decent things than you'd be lead to believe. I'd sum him up more as "I wish the world wasn't this way, but it is, so here's how to handle based on on an analysis of past happenings". Nic isn't telling you to go out and lie to get power, he is merely charting and analyzing what people in power have done and ought to do to co Pretty good. I admit going into this that I had serious preconceptions about "Machiavellianism" but I was mistaken. He was appears to be, and advocated, much more sensible and decent things than you'd be lead to believe. I'd sum him up more as "I wish the world wasn't this way, but it is, so here's how to handle based on on an analysis of past happenings". Nic isn't telling you to go out and lie to get power, he is merely charting and analyzing what people in power have done and ought to do to continue in they way they always have. I don't think he liked it, but I think he recognized it.

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