Synopses & Reviews
In 1513, Niccolo Machiavelli, veteran ambassador of the republic of Florence, wrote a treatise titled Il Principe
(usually but loosely translated as The Prince) in order to instruct political leaders on the techniques that he deemed necessary to gain and maintain power.
The Prince advocated the need of the ruler to preserve and enhance his own power and that of the state by whatever means necessary. It was a ruthlessly pragmatic system of politics.
Indeed, even the cutthroat rulers that Machiavelli knew would have been surprised by the unbounded ambition and ruthless disregard of law and ethics that characterized the Wall Street arbitrage and take-over activities in the late 1980s. Machiavelli's admired leaders were hardheaded about human weakness but remained influenced by Juedo-Christian morality.
The Prince became a guidebook to power politics and made Machiavelli's name synonymous with cunning and political immortality. Much of Machiavelli's advice is directly applicable to today's fiercely competitive business world. Competition was the name of the game then and competition is the name of the game today.
Machiavelli's timeless wisdom and essential advice can help today's managers to avoid failure and to achieve sustained success.
Shrewd comments and vivid examples drawn from modern business experience enliven Machiavelli's maxims and make this highly readable book a delight for managers and employees alike.