‘The Prince’ – A Review

Niccolo Machiavelli for the better part, had an inimitable run in power. Elected to the key positions of Secretary of the Second Chancery and shortly thereafter as the Secretary of the Ten of War. There were few people more powerful. All this at the tender age of twenty eight! A modern day miracle!

However, a twist of fate would thrust Machiavelli from grace to grass. From the enviable creature comforts of chief diplomat to the dejected four walls of prison. The vicissitudes of life in power couldn’t be more erratic!

Yet it is these unenviable circumstances that resulted in this timeless book.

This is the culmination of
fourteen years as Florence’s top diplomat.

He writes of bluff and brinkmanship, decadence, treachery, wit, charm and the lengths that men go to first acquire power and then maintain it.

Written by a forty-four year old diplomat facing dire situations, The Prince has inspired praise and
criticism in commensurate measures. It has defied time and papal ban to emerge as one of the most
read, most relevant, political texts to date!

As with many books on this subject matter, opinion is divided on it. There are some who find it brutally honest and entertaining. Yet there are others who find it sycophantic, impractical and absolutist. Whichever school of thought you subscribe to, one thing is certain;
The Prince hoards its place in the gallery of books of how political power is won and lost.


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