'It is far safer to be feared than loved...' Machiavelli made his name notorious for centuries with "The Prince", his clever and cynical work about power relationships. The key themes of this influential, and ever timely, writer are that adaptability is the key to success and that effective leadership is sometimes only possible at the expense of moral standards.
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Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence. He served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, but was expelled from public life when the Medici family returned to power in 1512. His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics.Review:
"An essential handbook for those who intend to succeed" -- Rosemary Goring Herald "Everyone should have a copy of Machiavelli's The Prince, whose original purpose may have been to counsel Renaissance rulers in the art of statecraft but is still applicable to and, indeed, acted on by modern politicians and power-brokers" Guardian "If one were to assign a single edition of Machiavelli's works, this most certainly would be it" -- John. P. McCormick, Professor Of Political Science, University Of Chicago "Peter Constantine has produced a sharp, fluent translation that will introduce The Prince to a new generation of English readers... The most striking - indeed shocking - feature of the book, expertly rendered by Constantine, is its cold blooded tone." -- Michael Arditti Daily Telegraph
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