The Prince

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is actually on the list of books that are banned by the administration of the prison where I am incarcerated. Naturally, when I got a hold of an illicit copy, I just had to devour it – reading much of it under the cover of night when most C/Os are napping. I didn’t see what the big deal was. The introduction helped to set the book in the proper historical context in which it was written, and I could see how the text could be construed as salacious. However, I found it to be less revolutionary than it was an objective and detached assessment of what the author perceived to be the best way to consolidate and keep hold of power once that ruling position has been attained. I can understand how his principles can be applied to various aspects of people’s lives, and why some politicians reference it like their Bible, but I suppose I was expecting something more scandalous.

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