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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
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May 18, 2008

it was ok

The book contains a chronicle of some of the conflicts of the Renaissance, so it is good history.

I read it because of its connection with the current political philosophy of neoconservativism, especially in regard to Leo Strauss.

As a philosophy, or as a "how-to" kit for beating your enemies and pulling the wool over people's eyes, this importunate appeal has been superseded by treachery far beyond anything the author could ever have imagined.

People enthralled by Machiavelli as a model for political action will do better reading 1984. The value of this book is primarily historical and military.

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Denerick Nah, its not. The value of this book is the revelation of virtue, a recurrent theme.

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