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The Prince

por Niccol Machiavelli

Originally published in 1532, nearly five years after the authors death, The Prince is a pioneering work of modern political philosophy for which Niccolo Machiavelli is best remembered. Intended to be a treatise on ruling for princes, The Prince is one of the world's first and most impactful works of political science. In the audiobook, Machiavelli offers many bits of practical advice on how to rule and even though the book was written in the early 16th century the ideas are still very relevant today.
Where The Prince differs from other political literature is in its separation of the lofty idealism of morality and ethics from the practical demands of governing. It is this very aspect of Machiavelli's work that has made his name synonymous with an almost immoral opportunism. It has been argued that Machiavelli himself was not quite as devious in reality as his work would suggest but that he takes up this style in his work in order to present a provocative treatise that recognizes the pragmatic demands of governance. The impact on Western civilization of Machiavelli's work cannot be overstated, and in The Prince we find a concise exposition of his political philosophy.

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The Prince

por Niccolo Machiavelli

From his perspective in Renaissance Italy, Machiavelli's aim in this classic work was to resolve conflict with the ruling prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli based his insights on the way people really are rather than an ideal of how they should be. This is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince, a king, or a president. When Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values. Even today, this sixteenth-century classic has become essential reading or listening for every student of government, and is the ultimate audiobook on power politics.

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The Prince

por Niccolò Machiavelli

While Machiavelli worked and played an active role in shifting the ruling powers in Europe, he developed a political philosophy based on the belief that the unity of the state is above all else. Because Machiavelli lived in such tumultuous times, he placed a lot of value on acting to unite the state. By “the state,” he means any organization of power. As you can guess from the title of the audiobook, most of Machiavelli’s phrasing revolves around princedoms, or monarchies ruled by a prince, but he writes that the principles can be applied to any sort of organized political power.
In The Prince, it is asserted that a good ruler is one that works for the benefit of the state at all times, even when this requires acting immorally or unethically. Basically, the ends justify the means, even if the means are killing innocent people, blackmailing, and being deceitful.This idea was contentious then and now – many people believe that rulers should act with kindness and lawfulness above all, rather than bending ethics to achieve the ends they want.
Throughout The Prince, Machiavelli uses the term “virtue” to describe the traits that were necessary for the security of the state. Machiavelli’s ideal virtues are not necessarily those of benevolence and kindness, but of bravery, pride, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to continue state unity. Machiavelli also spends a good bit of the audiobook reflecting on the means by which a ruler gains their power, as well as the traits a ruler should espouse. He asserts that a ruler who has gained their power by luck or without difficulty is able to rise to the top faster but is oftentimes unable to sustain the power long-term. On the other hand, a ruler who works to achieve their greatness will be able to maintain their power longer, even at the cost of doing things that may be perceived as lawless. He introduces the term “criminal virtue” to refer to those who achieve their power by acting immorally, but acting with the long-term goal of unity in mind.
Told in a straightforward manner and with a depth of understanding that comes from having a front-seat to the turmoil of Renaissance Italy’s government, this audiobook still stands as one of the most impactful works of political theory centuries later.

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The Art of War, The Prince, and The Book of Five Rings: Business Strategy Collection

por Sun Tzu

This audiobook contains three of the most notable works on strategy: The Art of War, The Prince, and The Book of Five Rings.

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300 quotes of Renaissance Philosophy: Montaigne, Bacon & Machiavelli

por Montaigne, Bacon & Machiavelli

The Renaissance was a time of tremendous intellectual activity, with breakthroughs in science, arts and philosophy. Discover its immense creativity through three of its greatest thinkers, the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, the English scientist Sir Francis Bacon, and the Italian political thinker Niccolò Machiavelli.
Montaigne is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre; his style merges casual anecdotes and autobiography with deep intellectual insights. His "Essays" are among the most influential ever written, and inspired countless great authors.
Sir Francis Bacon was the first to argue for a skeptical and methodical approach in science, based on careful observation of events in nature, and founded on induction. This made him the father of scientific method, a groundbreaking turn of events at the time, and his work is still the basis of the scientific framework today.
Machiavelli is the author of "The Prince", one of the most controversial political treatises ever written; it gives very clear, precise and realistic instructions on how to gain and maintain power, fortune, and glory, sometimes at the expense of others.
This audiobook is a careful compilation of essential quotes, summarizing each one of the great masters' fundamental ideas, for you to get inspired and familiarize yourself with the greatest ideas of the Renaissance.

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The Prince

por Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513. He was the Italian diplomat and political theorist. This treatise is Machiavelli’s advice to the current ruler of Florence on how to stay in power; the book is dedicated to Lorenzo de’ Medici. The treatise makes a clear break from the Western tradition of political philosophy that preceded him. Before Machiavelli, politics was strictly bonded with ethics and politics being defined as the morality of individuals in social groups or organized communities. He tries to divorce politics from ethics and make a framework for the study of politics.
He has often been called the father of modern political philosophy or political science. Most philosophers before him had defined a good leader as humble, moral and honest. But Machiavelli denied that notion. He believed cruelty can be better than kindness. He said: “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot have both.”
This version of the book is translated by Mahmood Mahmood to Persian (Farsi) and narrated by Saeid Eslam Zadeh. The Persian version of The Prince’s audiobook is published by Maktub worldwide.

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