Laid out in this book 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 or 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.
Nicolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, philosopher and historian, born in Florence on 3rd May 1469. Born to parents of the old Florentine nobility, he is one of the main founders of modern political science. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs, poetry, and some of the most well-known personal correspondence in the Italian language.