Review: The Prince

The Prince
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what this says about me, but I found a lot of useful advice in The Prince. And, while I go out of my way to avoid ruling over other humans, we’re all still subject to the governance of various princes. For that reason alone, this candid Renaissance self-help guide has value.

It’s more fun to read than you may expect. Machiavelli brings up all sorts of states and rulers I’ve never heard of, but he usually adds in a few choice words of background to make each example accessible. In some other cases, Wikipedia exists and any tangents pursued should only add to the experience.

As with any older work in another language, translations vary greatly. You might want to try a few.

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