Niccolò Machiavelli´s brutally uncompromising manual of statecraft, The Prince is translated and edited with an introduction by Tim Parks in Penguin Classics. As a diplomat in turbulent fifteenth-century Florence, Niccolò Machiavelli knew how quickly political fortunes could rise and fall. The Prince, his tough-minded, pragmatic handbook on how power really works, made his name notorious and has remained controversial ever since. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers? When is it necessary to break the rules? Is it better to be feared than loved? Examining regimes and their rulers the world over and throughout history, from Roman Emperors to renaissance Popes, from Hannibal to Cesare di Borgia, Machievalli answers all these questions in a work of realpolitik that still has shrewd political lessons for today. Tim Parks´s acclaimed contemporary translation renders Machiavelli´s no-nonsense original as alarming and enlightening as when it was first written. His introduction discusses Machiavelli´s life and reputation, and explores the historical background to the work. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence, and served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, as ambassador and foreign policy-maker. When the Medici family returned to power in 1512 he was suspected of conspiracy, imprisoned and tortured and forced to retire from public life. His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics. If you enjoyed The Prince, you might like Plato´s Republic, also available in Penguin Classics. ´A gripping work, and a gripping translation´ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian ´Tim Parks´s swift and supple new translation brings out all its chilling modernity´ Boyd Tonkin, Independent
Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) and ?in the end of book include a bonus link to the free audiobook. The Prince is the most controversial book about winning power - and holding on to it - ever written. Machiavelli´s tough-minded, pragmatic argument that sometimes it is necessary to abandon ethics to succeed made his name notorious. Yet his book has been read by strategists, politicians and business people ever since as the ultimate guide to realpolitik. How can a leader be strong and decisive, yet still inspire loyalty in his followers? How do you keep your enemies in check? Is it better to be feared than loved? When is it necessary to break the rules? This shrewd handbook on how power really works answers all these questions by examining regimes and their rulers around the world and throughout history, from Roman emperors to renaissance Popes, from the savagely cruel Hannibal to the utterly devious Cesare di Borgia.
When Mara found herself captured by a gang of vampires, she feared the worst. She felt it was a random kidnapping, and so she fully expected to end up as a meal but she had no idea that she was chosen. She was chosen by handsome Vampire Prince Lucien but Mara had no idea why. Is it for her blood? For her fertility? Information? Mara was about to discover the real answer was more important than she could have ever imagined. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Brion. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063490/bk_acx0_063490_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Should leaders be feared or loved? Can dictators give rise to democracy? Should rulers have morals or wear them like a mask? Niccolò Machiavelli´s The Prince puts forth unsettling questions like these, whose answers redefined centuries of political wisdom. But what does it really mean to be Machiavellian? These 24 lectures are more than just a close reading of one of the great books of Western history. They´re a revealing investigation of the historical context of Machiavelli´s philosophical views, his tumultuous relationship with Florentine politics, his reception by his contemporaries and by 20th-century scholars, and his lasting influence on everyone from William Shakespeare to Joseph Stalin. Throughout the lectures, you´ll dive deeply into the work´s most important chapters to survey their main insights; read between the lines to uncover hidden meanings, inspirations, and ironies; learn how scholars have debated their historical inspiration and importance; and discover the author´s startling imagery and sometimes beautiful language. Going beyond the commonly held vision of Renaissance Italy as a place of creative genius, Professor Landon reveals the drama and terror of Machiavelli´s life and world, including his relationships to the city of Florence, the powerful Medici family, and the villainous Cesare Borgia (Machiavelli´s ideal prince). For those who have already heard The Prince, prepare to engage with the text on a deeper level than ever before. And for those who´ve always wanted to listen to this important book, this is your introduction to one man´s revolutionary beliefs about achieving - and maintaining - power. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Landon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000448/bk_tcco_000448_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Enter the Machiavelli mindset. Are you ready to learn all about the prince´s Machiavelli mindset? If so, you´ve come to the right place. Here´s a preview of what Machiavelli Mindset contains. An introduction to Machiavelli Seeing the world through Machiavelli´s eyes Getting over the guilt Moving above and beyond conventional thinking Machiavelli´s thoughts on generosity Compassion vs. cruelty (is it better to be loved or feared?) What Machiavelli says about honesty How to achieve success the Machiavellian way The qualities of a great leader How to avoid attracting hatred and other lessons from the prince And much, much more! Download your copy now and get ahead today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073799/bk_acx0_073799_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She´s a mortal cursed with dark power.... After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person´s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world´s most infamous vampire. He´s the Prince of Night.... Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don´t call him Dracula. Vlad´s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him: a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, passion ignites, threatening to consume them. It will take everything they have to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tavia Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002926/bk_harp_002926_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Théoden: Now that my King´s decree has been fulfilled, I need to get my city in order. I have my boys to brand before I send them off, and a stubborn wolf, vampire, and dragon hybrid son to house train. Fun times ahead. Noel: My night started off full of passion and pleasure. So that must mean I´m really bonding with my brothers and their sons. I´m also looking forward to my training with Marco. It´s not going to be fun or easy, but I know I´ll learn so much, which is what I want. I don´t just want to be feared as a vampire, I want to be respected, too. Deacon: My arrangement with Théoden turned out to be more profitable for me than I had expected. The vampire Prince gave me my mate when he turned over the five humans I demanded. Elijah, though stubborn, will learn that we are meant to be together. He will submit to me by any means necessary. Warning: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes. The novelettes in this serial will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won´t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You´ll find no fluff and ruffles here. The vampires are not misunderstood, hopeless romantics looking for love. The werewolves are not cute and cuddly and the dragons aren´t the ones from your childhood. This is not a romance. There are approximately 21,600 words in this novelette. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Byrd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100485/bk_acx0_100485_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This Author´s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist´s best-selling coming-of-age saga celebrates the 15th anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers and listeners to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a man - in a kingdom where peace is the most precious commodity of all. If there were two more impetuous and carefree men in the Kingdom of the Isles, they had yet to be found. Twins Borric and Erland wore that mantle proudly, much to the chagrin of their father, Prince Arutha of Krondor. But their blissful youth has come to an end. Their uncle, the King, has produced no male children. Bypassing himself, Arutha names Borric, the eldest twin by seconds, the Royal Heir. As his brother, Erland will have his own great responsibilities to shoulder. To drive home their future roles, Arutha sends them as ambassadors to Kesh, the most feared nation in the world. Borric and Erland will be presented to the Queen of Kesh - the single most powerful ruler in the known world - at her 75th Jubilee Anniversary. But they have not even left Krondor when an assassination attempt on Borric is thwarted. Aware that he is being provoked into war, Arutha does not rise to the bait. His sons´ journey will not be deterred, for nothing less than peace is riding on it. Yet there is to be no peace for the young princes. When their traveling party is ambushed, Borric disappears and is presumed dead - sending Erland into spirals of rage and grief as he is forced to navigate alone the court intrigues at Kesh. But unbeknownst to anyone, Borric lives and has escaped his captors. In a strange land, with a price on his head, Borric must use all his wits and stamina to find his way back to his brother. On separate paths, the two men - one a fugitive and one a future king - make their jo... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Joyce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005419/bk_rand_005419_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Prince is the most famous of Machiavelli´s works; it gives very clear, precise and realistic instructions on how to gain and maintain power, fortune, and glory, sometimes at the expense of others. Written in 1513, it is one of the most feared and hated political treatises, taken to be the first work in which the effect the leader desires to achieve is taken as more important than any abstract ideal or ethical value that might prevent him from taking immoral action. We have selected for you 100 of the best quotes from The Prince, trusting that you will be able to use their efficiency and cleverness to direct your own affairs in a powerful way without falling into a moral trap. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Waite. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000559/bk_cids_000559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the North Pole, no one is more powerful and feared than the Prince of Frost. As general of the toy soldier army, Jack Frost has been working extra hard to put away the villainous Mouse King once and for all. If that isn´t taxing enough, Jack has to deal with the scandal and gossip brought on by news of his relationship with Rudy Rein Dear, captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, which hit headlines last holiday season. Lucky for Jack, his reputation has managed to deter any foolish attempts to stir up trouble. At least until now. When someone sabotages Rudy´s plane during a test run a few weeks before Christmas, Jack is determined to find the culprit by any means necessary. The closer he gets to finding answers, the more difficulty he has not falling back to his icy ways. Has the Mouse King stepped up his game in order to throw Jack off his, or is someone a little closer to home behind the attempt on Rudy´s life? Either way, Jack has every intention of delivering a Christmas they won´t soon forget, even if it means losing the newfound warmth in his heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Nieman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044245/bk_acx0_044245_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.