The Prince is an extended analysis of how to acquire and maintain political power. The chapters are dedicatedf to Lorenzo de Medici. The dedication declares Machiavelli's intention to discuss in plain language the conduct of great men and the principles of princely government. He does so in hope of pleasing and enlightening the Medici family.
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Five centuries after its publication, Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is often misunderstood as a dry civics textbook or worse, a manual for evil. A practical guide on how to seize and maintain power, it’s the source of the term “Machiavellian”, meaning cunning or devious. But the book is actually an incredibly fun and relevant read. In short, lively passages, the Florentine diplomat offers straightforward, savvy advice on how to anticipate and manoeuvre through all manner of tough situations. It’s a useful read for anyone looking to navigate office politics or get promoted.
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