In the quest for understanding and mastery of power, Machiavelli is the expert. And this book is the distillation of his wisdom. Like the other titles in Profile's 'illuminations' series, Power by Machiavelli encapsulates the ideas of one of the greatest thinkers who is still as relevant today as he was 500 years ago. Intelligent, driven by ambition, Machiavelli was a senior civil servant and diplomat in sixteenth-century Florence. This pocket-size introduction to Machiavelli's tried-and-tested wisdom focuses on a subject of timeless fascination. 'executions and punishments should be sudden and performed all at once. Rewards on the other hand should be drop by drop, so their benefits may be spread out over a long while.'