Is Machiavelli’s The Prince:
A how-to manual for dictators? A cynical philosophy of ‘the end justifies the means’? Or a brilliant and subtle analysis of successful government?
Machiavelli’s classic book on statecraft was published over 400 years ago, yet remains controversial because of its electrifying frankness as a practical guide to power.
A loyal servant of the Florentine republic, Machiavelli’s opposition to the Medici despots led him to torture on the rack and exile, and yet he chose as his model for the Prince a notorious tyrant, Cesare Borgia.
Introducing Machiavelli traces the colourful life of this paradoxical realist whose clear-sighted patriotism made him the first truly modern political scientist.
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