In the early 16th Century, Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince. In this work, he gave advice to the rulers of Renaissance Italy on how to successfully use power to be great leaders. The book was well received and in the following five centuries it has been examined and analyzed by philosophers, military men, politicians, and businessmen. A recent interpretation of Machiavelli was written by Ledeen (1999) in which the author showed how Machiavelli is relevant in the modern world in a variety of settings.
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