“It was a book about how to deal with the crisis of Italy after the French invasions. Machiavelli’s response, in The Prince, was that the only way Italy was going to maintain its independence, and freedom, and drive out the barbarians—which is a term he always used for northern Europeans—was to beat them at their own game, to be more violent, more vicious, more brutal, and more faithless”
The Best Renaissance Books
Kenneth Bartlett, Historian
“The reason this book is still read today is that, like Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth, it’s based on human nature.”
Jonathan Powell, Diplomats & Former Diplomat
“I studied political theory when I was in college and Machiavelli was always intriguing to me. It’s a description of the human character and in my profession, lobbying, which is all about influencing people, it’s important to get some insights into human nature. Obviously there’s a debate about what Machiavelli really meant: whether it was meant as a parody or satire.”
Mark Bloomfield, Nonprofit Leaders & Activist
“We’re almost reverting to the time when reading Machiavelli might be necessary”
The French Revolution
Peregrine Worsthorne, Journalist
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