The Prince is Niccolo Machiavelli's handbook on power and politics. This treatise, which gave rise to the term 'Macchiavellian', spurns idealism and presents a brave, pragmatic and at times brutal guide to governance. How does a ruler win respect? Should a ruler be feared rather than loved? Machiavelli grapples these questions with a tough-minded candour and insight. Still controversial to this day, The Prince has had a remarkable influence on modern political thought."
Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist. Born in Florence in 1527, he served as Second Chancellor to the Florentine Republic but withdrew from public life when the Medicis returned to power. Along with his writing on political science he wrote poetry, plays and comedies.