A theoretical and practical guide to the acquisition and maintenance of power within a state records the legendary Italian statesman's classic statement on the nature of government and the means by which political power is obtained. Reissue.
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: Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince
even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. In The Prince
he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.