The Prince

The Prince Summary

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.

Book Reviews


Weak translation of a not so great “great book”2 star

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.25


Great Work!5 star

Thoroughly enjoyed this!55


Spacing way off1 star

All of the spacing is way off for the text of the book. There are random new lines throughout.15


10/10 gr8 masterwork5 star

i stan wholeheartedly55


machiavelli is dad5 star

we stan55


Very Impressive Read!5 star

This is one to keep around, and when read new lessons learned!55


Great Book5 star

The story is terrible but the book is very well written.55


Old to new4 star

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.45


Terrific5 star

It was the most best book ever personally it is my favorite book.55


Controversial4 star

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.45

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