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The Prince

3 May

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Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

Genre: Non-Fiction

First Published: 1513

Page Count: 122

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Machiavelli’s ‘how to’ guide to becoming the best ruler you can be.

__________________Positives__________________

*Interesting POV on History

___________________Negatives_____________________

*Dry

“Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”  Niccolo Machiavelli was heavily involved in Italian politics, so who better than he to give the world a primer on how to be a proper ruler. He covers everything from who to surround yourself with to how to treat the common people versus the aristocrats in his in-depth guide to what makes a good and bad ruler.

I don’t know if I would’ve ever read this book if my mom hadn’t already had an old copy. It is a classic and is so tiny, I thought that I’d see what all the fuss was about. One thing I didn’t expect to learn was how little I knew about how violent ancient Italy was. When Machiavelli references different historical events to make his points I got to learn a lot about Italy through his eyes. I’m surprised anyone could stay ruler for any amount of time with all the assassinations that took place. It’s also interesting to see a moment in time through someone who actually lived through it.

This book is definitely dry to read other than the parts where Machiavelli talks about various historical events. It literally reads like a text-book of what you should and should not do if you want to be a successful prince. That may not be a possible career path these days, but I’m sure a few tidbits from this book could be used in order to become a good leader in anything else the reader might pursue. On the flip side, there are those sections like ‘what to do with a conquered leaders houses’ that are a bit too dated to consider as advice for any scenario.

I wouldn’t recommend this book unless you are interested in history or just have to say you’ve read every piece of classic literature there is. It is so short so you don’t have much to lose compared to other classic books if you want to take the plunge. It feels nice to check this off the list of classics but I doubt I will remember much about this peek into how to be a proper ruler.

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