The Prince is a political treatise by Machiavelli
that is not considered to be representative of the work published
during his lifetime, but is the most remembered. The theories in
this book describe methods that an aspiring prince can use to acquire
the throne, or an existing prince can use to maintain his reign.
These theories include defense and military, perceived reputation,
generosity, cruelty versus mercy, gaining honors, fortune and a
number of other discourses. Read more at Wikipedia.
Niccolo Machiavelli was an
Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet and playwright.
Niccolo is most famous for his shorter work, The Prince, which was
printed after his death. In his own lifetime, while he circulated
The Prince among friends, the only work Machiavelli promoted through
printing was his dialogue on The Art of War. Whatever intentions
Machiavelli had for his name became synonymous with ruthless politics,
deceit, and the pursuit of power by any means. Read more on Wikipedia.