Book Review: The Prince Essay

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This semester in Mr. Sellers’ History class, we were asked to read a history novel and write a book review on it. I chose to read The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, and it sure did not disappoint. For a book on history, it was not so bad. The two parts to this review include a summary and a critical analysis. This paper will discuss the major points Machiavelli made in his book and analyze his tone and writing style, with an overall critique.
The Prince is a novel written in 1513 by Niccolo Machiavelli. This book contains 26 chapters, focusing on acquiring and maintaining political power. In other words, it could be seen as the “do’s and don’ts” of the political world. In Chapters One through Eleven, the author discusses the different types of states or principalities. In Chapters Twelve through Fourteen, the different armies and how the prince would act as a military leader are covered while Chapters fifteen through twenty three discuss his behavior and character expectations. Lastly, Chapters twenty four through twenty six discuss Italy’s horrendous political situation.
The four principalities mentioned in the first eleven chapters are: hereditary, mixed, new, and ecclesiastical (religious). Hereditary principalities are inherited by the ruler of the land. Mixed principalities are additional territories added to the ruler’s land. New principalities are attainable in multiple ways. They can be obtained by one’s own power or the power of others. However, criminal…

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