Machiavelli is one of the most famous strategists of all time. In
this collection he discusses the dangers of conspiracies, and the
component parts of an army, vital for gaining and holding power in his
day. He also gives advice on tactics and discipline, and explains why
promises made under force ought not to be kept.
GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the
world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other.
They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have
enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives
– and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great
thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook
civilization and helped make us who we are.
About The Author
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was appointed secretary to the
Florentine Republic in 1498. He was dismissed from this post in 1512
and forced to withdraw from public life, after which time he wrote The
Prince, a handbook for rulers and The Discourses, from which this
selection is taken.