Kjersti's Reviews > The Prince
Jul 10, 2012
As sad as this is to admit, I originally was interested in this book because the Danish TV series 'Borgen', about life in Danish politics, has used bite-sized quotes in introducing each episode. I always had very negative connotations to Machiavelli, as I'm guessing most people do today, but as I was studying politics at the time they interested me. Anyway - to my limited mind, this book was a very good analysis of the world of power, without making any pretense of feeling, sentimentality, or even morality. Such a refreshing read, in a world where every strategic move is veiled behind a thin excuse of "it's for the betterment of the people". We want to believe that politicians we've voted into office are after our own interest, and refuse to see power for what it is. Either way, a solid read, that has really solidified my disdain for the world of power.
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July 10, 2012 – Shelved
July 15, 2012 – Started Reading
July 22, 2012 –50.0%
August 2, 2012 –85.71% "I like this one for the same reason I like Nietzsche: Machiavelli sees the world of power as it is, without the sugar coat of moral structures, kindness, or even beauty. Very good little book."
August 25, 2012 – Finished Reading