“Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.”
There can hardly be a more Machiavellian thought.
Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is no less controversial today than it was when first published in 1532. It was shocking at that time and is still condemned by some as teaching evil. Many, including some of the most esteemed thinkers in history, have accused it of being responsible for countless cruelties inflicted by tyrants, despots, and dictators over the centuries. But is The Prince merely an instruction manual for acquiring and maintaining power? Or could Machiavelli have had other ends in mind? Something far below the surface? Something more subversive? Perhaps his true purpose can only be revealed through careful study, which is exactly what this “Journal Edition” was designed for.
In this new edition of the classic work, ample space is given for readers to record their thoughts right alongside the text. This volume is not only a book. It is a tool to study one of the great works of world literature. Our hope is that it will lead you to new insights about what it means to be a leader and how leaders should behave in an age when the very meaning of power is changing before our eyes.
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