A classic of political philosophy, and a revolutionary take of the subject of power and ethics. It has been controversial since its publication, and was not widely distributed until after the author's death. Written in an effort to curry favour with the ruling Medicis, it is a treatise on rulership, presenting a detailed, systematic explanation of how a ruler should conduct himself in order to ensure a long, stable rule. It takes a methodical, even cold-hearted approach to this, leading to the coining of the modern term Machiavellian. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.