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the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power
on 6 February 2017
The Prince explores the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power in the western world. Machiavelli wrote this to demonstrate his skill in the art of the state, presenting advice on how a prince might acquire and hold power. He defended the notion of rule by force rather than by law, he suggests that a prince/king must be violent but too violent as to start a revolt and strong but too strong as to be seen to be unable to take advice. An interesting book given the time in which it was written and how it is, unfortunately, still true and very much practiced in all parts of the world today.