The Prince and The Art of War: A Thousand Books of Fame Series


Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and The Art of War: A Thousand Books of Fame Series.

Two important works by this Italian Renaissance diplomat, and father of the modern political philosophy and political science. Ever heard the term Machavillian, the only way to gain knowledge and power for yourself is to read and study. Machiavelli put it, one “ought to have no other aim or thought, nor select anything else for his study, than war.”

  • The Prince is a 16th-century political treatise, and the authors best-known work. A version of the manuscript circulated in 1513 but the printed book was first published in 1532. Due to the treatise’s controversial analysis on politics, the Catholic Church banned The Prince, putting it on the Index Librorum    Prohibitorum (Index of forbidden books). His book was denounced as written with the very fingers of Satan himself.
  • The Art of War was written between 1519 – 1520 in the format of a socratic dialogue and was the only political work by Machiavelli printed under his lifetime. The book published in 1521 contains his most developed ideas concerning military organization and the proper relationship between the army, the state, and the individual.

Niccolò Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) Italian philosopher, author, diplomat, and political theorist.