Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Prince

Like Arthashastra by Chankya is famous in India, in Europe “The Prince” book by Niccolo Machiavelli has similar status. This is must read book and reference book. Italian political thinker and diplomat Machiavelli started his career as minor clerk and rose to become diplomat for Florence. Book he wrote and gifted (?) to king (which is said, it was his political move to please him) and it generally talks about “political success at all cost” with historic references and his political study in long carrier as political thinker.

Machiavellian character is the term derived from his name, typical Machiavellian character is the main character around which all the plot revolves but he/she doesn’t take part actively but make sure the entire things takes place with his/her wish. To understand the historic evidences one should also read his letters.

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