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The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

Discover the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power in this prophetic work on leadership. Written by an ousted political leader in 1512, The Prince is a disturbingly realistic guide for those seeking to rule - without being encumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values. From the qualities of successful presidents to the art of manipulation, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has been essential reading for every student of government and is the ultimate book on power politics.
Publish Date
First Published in 1513
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To learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it.      source
Books on strategy that stand the test of time: - History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - All the works of BH Liddell Hart - The Book of Five Rings by Musashi - The Prince by Machiavelli - 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene      source
Everyone in politics should read Machiavelli's *The Prince*. That book argues that a core principle of power is that the prince governs by creating both love and fear: holding out a carrot to his supporters but also being willing to destroy his opponents with a stick.      source