My friend Troy recommended that I read The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I found an inexpensive copy on Amazon and picked it up earlier this year. I completed it during my recent European travels.

It is a short, concise, and efficacious book which fits with Machiavelli’s ideas. It contains lots of interesting points about politics and maintaining power. Machiavelli uses his command of history to thoroughly back up his points, honor those leaders whom he respected and settle some scores with those he viewed as ineffective.

Machiavelli praised Moses as a great leader, which I found interesting given some of the means Machiavelli advocated to reach the desired ends. I guess he just didn’t see value in the be your brother’s keeper bit. It appears that politicians on both sides of the aisle, corporate executives and management have mastered Machiavelli’s principles. This book is a must read for anyone who works or votes.