Have you read Machiavelli? Don’t feel bad, I haven’t either. Perhaps we should both feel good that we haven’t. My husband brought it home from the library one day (he was curious) and he told me about it. After hearing more about it, I have a sense of what people are saying when they use the author’s name in vain. He’s so Machiavellian! is not a compliment… or shouldn’t be.
History tells us that Machiavelli was one of the most brilliant men of his day (1469-1527). His belief that statesmanship could be made a science, prompted him to write a book about just that. His book, The Prince, proposed that a ruler may adopt any means to achieve his purpose. In other words, they would do any number of unscrupulous things to gain or maintain power. Things have not changed much. There are politicians out there today trying to gain power and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they are reading the five-hundred-year-old manuscript.
Suellen Ocean is the author of The Steinberg Conspiracy Series. Available here:
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Book Two, Hot Snow: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Snow-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B014XHUT1