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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Prince, by Machiavelli

What remains for me to say about such a legendary book? Machiavelli had been exiled and excluded from political life. While exiled he studied history and political philosophy. Machiavelli distilled what he learned from his studies into this little treatise, which he offered to the Medici when they regained power. He was not restored to any position in political life.

In 'The Prince,' Machiavelli poses the question 'Is it better to be feared or loved?' He approaches the subject in a very logical way, dividing and subdividing his subject and posing and answering questions in a coherent manner.

This was a surprisingly easy read.

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