Niccolò Machiavelli was a statesman from Florence who was an envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities. He observed powerful people from his time and references historical examples all throughout his book.
He wrote The Prince as a gift/guide to the Medici family who he desired to see rule Italy.
If you are clueless about Italian history and the Medici family, I would recommend some background research before jumping into this book. His references will make a lot more sense.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who loves Italian history, political science, and 48 Laws of Power type books.
Someone in power or who aspires to be in power would benefit from reading this book since the most he has to lose is a few hours of reinforcing things he already knows.
If that does not describe you, then honestly I would say save the day of reading it would take on a book more suited towards your interest.
If you feel like it is a must read classic, than no worries, it should only take a day or two to read it.
I must admit that I was a little let down by this book. Most of the principals he lays out are common sense if you really think about cause and effect, but nonetheless when he references parts from history it can help reinforce his main points. I am guessing that is where Robert Greene got his strategy of referencing history so much. It is extremely effective to say the least.
There are some golden nuggets that make The Prince worth the measly $3 it cost. The lessons aren’t to complicated, but when he backs them up with history, its a game changer. You’ll have to get the book if you want to know how he backs these up!
- Study men who you aspire to be like (Not just their traits, but actual strategic moves)
- Punishment all at once (if you must) then slowly give benefits that can be savored
- Know your surroundings extremely well to optimize your life
- Test yourself “If ____ were to happen, what would I do?” So when it does happen, you don’t have to think.
Those are my personal favorite points and make sure you keep an eye on my twitter. I will post the pages I got those lessons from soon enough.
The Prince is not by any means a bad book. I just think it is over hyped. For how long it takes to read, it is worth it to read it if you fit the “Why” description earlier stated in this article.
I give it a 6/10. His sentence structure might appeal to some, but it is more mentally draining than most texts. A couple of the chapters are irrelevant in modern times and if you have to enjoy history to like this book. (I love history).
Happy reading and I will talk to you again soon.