“It was a book about how to deal with the crisis of Italy.”
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
“A sort of cynical primer. The new warrior princes like the Medici and so on, they were coming to power without any royal tradition behind them. Machiavelli was an adviser to these princes, and this was his realistic advice to them if they wanted to stay in power: never trust anybody.”
Mark Bloomfield, Nonprofit Leaders & Activist
“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. But I thought he had a good understanding of human nature.”
The French Revolution
Peregrine Worsthorne, Journalist
We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview.
This site has an archive of more than one thousand interviews, or five thousand book recommendations. We publish at least two new interviews per week.
Five Books participates in the Amazon Associate program and earns money from qualifying purchases.
© Five Books 2018