The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli 3CD read by Ian Richardson

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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0532608/ Niccolo Machiavelli was a 16th century Political writer whose best known legacy is his famous work "The Prince" read here by the talented Mr. Ian Richardson noted British actor. His ideas are always touted as mainly he result of "wicked awareness" and a need to be practical in the midst of it as being what is the resulting idea of wisdom. As such it lacks real insight into human potential and its proper rule through judicious use of power that is motivated by the greatest idealism rather than the expediencies of what is the status quo - fraught with inadequacies as has generally always been so. Men must be taught what is right rather than what has generally worked well enough to keep them going. That is the ultimate failing in his message (see title of chapter 16 in particular)and of many others that continue to think this way today everywhere we look on the world stage. Michael Rizzo Chessman 3CD converted from 256k source to clear crisp 80k vocal bitrate as the content is all reading from a text so no loss of any quality is Germain or really perceptible - however the savings in bandwidth are a necessity in such a clear case of wiser decisions. Chapter 1 - Types of territories A very short chapter that names the types of territories ruled by a prince and how he acquires them. Chapter 2 - Hereditary states Describes the ease and difficulties of holding hereditary states Chapter 3 - Mixed principalities Describes how new mixed principalities (principalities that are members of a state) are to be taken and held. Chapter 4 - Governing principalities Contrasts the benefits and drawbacks of governing principalities using either servants or barons. Chapter 5 - Free principalities Suggests three ways to govern cities and principalities that were used to live under their own laws. Chapter 6 - New principalities Describe how to acquire new principalities using armies or your own abilities. Chapter 7 - Armies of others Explains the dangers of using the armies of others or good fortune to get and keep principalities. Chapter 8 - Be wicked! Describes how other princes acquired principalities primarily through being wicked. Suggest how a prince that is not wicked should use wickedness if he has to. Chapter 9 - Civil principalities Describes how civil principalities get created by the people or by nobles. Suggest how a prince of such a principality should act toward the people and the nobles. Chapter 10 - Fortified towns Describes when to fortify towns and when fortification is useless. Chapter 11 - Principalities of the church Explains why principalities of the church are held so easily. Chapter 12 - Types of armies Describes three types of armies: mercenaries (hired soldiers), auxiliaries, and mixed armies. Describes the uselessness of mercenary armies and mercenary captains. Chapter 13 - Auxiliary armies Describes the dangers of auxiliary armies. Describe the strength of having your own army, consisting only of people from your principality. Chapter 14 - The art of war Stresses the critical importance for a prince to know the art of war. Describes what to study and why to study it. Stresses the importance of always being busy studying the art of war. Chapter 15 - Qualities of a prince Lists all the qualities a prince must appear to have. Also lists the qualities a prince should stay away from. Chapter 16 - Mean vs liberal Explains why a prince should prefer being considered mean and not liberal. Chapter 17 - Love, hate and fear Explains the dangers if a prince is being hated. Also explains why being feared is better than being loved. Chapter 18 - Being like a lion and fox Describe how a prince should be like a lion and like a fox. Lists the advantages and disadvantages of being like a lion and a fox. Lists five important qualities a prince must work hard at. Chapter 19 - Why people hate Describes what causes people to hate their prince. Explain why a prince should never be hated. Discuss why conspiracies seldom succeed. Describe why France is such a well governed kingdom. Chapter 20 - Fortresses Describes the benefits, dangers and sometimes uselessness of fortresses. Chapter 21 - Dignity rules Describes how a prince should conduct himself with dignity to get and keep renown. Chapter 22 - Intellectual secretaries Describe why a prince must select only the best intellectuals as his secretaries. Chapter 23 - Flatterers Explain why flatterers should be avoided. Chapter 24 - Italy Explain why the princes of Italy have lost their states. Suggest ways how these shortcomings can be addressed. Chapter 25 - Fortune Describe the role of fortune (fate) in human affairs. Suggest how to prepare against bad fortune. Explain why it is dangerous to rely on fortune to be a successful prince. Explain why it is difficult to change your ways if your fortune changes. Chapter 26 - Lorenzo, please save Italy ! Makes an urgent plea for Lorenzo deΓΓé¼Γäó Medici to become prince to save Italy from constant foreign invaders.
Mr. Ian Richardson Reads Machiavelli's The Prince Disc 3 - 12.mp3 5.313 MB
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