The Prince - Niccolò Machiavelli

The Prince

By Niccolò Machiavelli

  • Release Date: 2010-10-04
  • Genre: Political
Score: 4
From 1,236 Ratings


The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. The chapters are dedicatedf to Lorenzo de Medici. The dedication declares Machiavelli's intention to discuss in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. He does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family.


  • Weak translation of a not so great “great book”

    By Pdxmuscle
    The book is one of political advice to the Medici family. It advocates ruthlessness and the ends justify the means. Most of the time one has to be familiar with the politics of sixteenth century Italy to follow along. The translation is very pompous and off putting. I read this in high school and thought it might be a better read with several more decades of life experience. It wasn’t. This translation with its notes didn’t help either. I strongly recommend the art of war over the prince.
  • Great Work!

    By RedJasperAngel
    Thoroughly enjoyed this!
  • Spacing way off

    By thezisko
    All of the spacing is way off for the text of the book. There are random new lines throughout.
  • 10/10 gr8 masterwork

    By c00LbeAnZ3298r9138940839240890
    i stan wholeheartedly
  • machiavelli is dad

    By Avalelzlelzlez
    we stan
  • Very Impressive Read!

    By Joevincesocial
    This is one to keep around, and when read new lessons learned!
  • Great Book

    By Jeff7471
    The story is terrible but the book is very well written.
  • Old to new

    By Pstipp
    An interesting book ugh great insights and though provoking examples of history and knowledge. Definitely worth the read to learn not only about history, but also how to act in business.
  • Terrific

    By Husheca
    It was the most best book ever personally it is my favorite book.
  • Controversial

    By LdawgMdawg
    It is well known that the prince is very controversial, but I found myself agreeing with Machiavelli and everything he said made sense. I'm only a sophomore in high school, but this translation of the prince was comprehendible. It was well worth the read.