Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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Niccolo Machiavelli’s most famous book, The Prince, contains the most valid information for a prince, a president, and even a king, to keep hold of their own power. Machiavelli tells about the importance and power of political action, his opinions, and most of all philosophy at it’s finest. Throughout the twenty-six chapters of this book he describes the bold, brave, practical, and powerful prince and how the prince’s life should be lived. Machiavelli’s view of human nature is used as justification for his political advice to princes. Niccolo Machiavelli was very intelligent, motivated, and dedicated while writing this book, he attempts to inform princes how to come to power by being powerful; he determines if nature and the environment a prince lives in is the cause of their failure and success. The type of ruler Machiavelli describes is “unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion” (Donno, synopsis of The Prince). This is exactly the type of prince Machiavelli describes throughout the book. In chapter fifteen he explains how the attitude and conduct of a prince should be when dealing with his subjects and friends. Many other people have written about this same subject in very different ways that Machiavelli did. He decided to describe the concerning things which princes are praised for or censured in a way without the rules others have written by. “Since it is my intention to write something of use to those who
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