His purpose now, Ledeen writes, is essentially the same as his subject's was then: "to present the basic principles of the proper and successful use of power in language that contemporary leaders can understand, the better to advance the common good." Although somewhat brief at less than 200 pages, this spirited book nonetheless manages to measure successfully the characters of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Ted Turner, Caspar Weinberger, Colin Powell, Yasir Arafat, and many others against the exceedingly rigorous (and often controversial) standards set by one of the most enduring of all leadership theorists. Despite following a string of moral philosophers and political analysts who have previously produced extensive material on both the man and his ideas, Ledeen shows in a fresh way precisely why Machiavelli's precepts remain as valid as when they were first penned. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I really liked reading this book! Michael Ledeen does a wonderful job of connecting a master writer to modern socioeconomic politics, world leaders, and captains of industry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CADSTRUCT
Great book, it presents Machiavelli to the modern reader with tips and interesting insights. It also clears away long held misconceptions about MachiavelliPublished 8 months ago by Enrique Ho-Fernandez
This book is an excellent4 companion piece that goes well with The Prince. The author has detailed appropriate examples of how the key principles from The Prince have played out in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the book and the fact that Machiavelli did what he had too survive, that your friend may be your enemy and at times your enemy maybe your friend- great bookPublished 16 months ago by ROD ROBERTS
THIS IS HISTORICAL AND SAME TIME TIMING FOR THE GREAT LEADER AND SHARPENING LEADERSHIP SKILLS WHICH IS A MUST FOR ALL PRESENT DAY LEADERSPublished on May 22, 2013 by Tinto Lacinto
Michael Ledeen is a terrific commentator and policy analyst whose work I link to in my Old Jarhead blog from time to time. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Robert A. Hall
Look for how to lead and why you need to lead this way by looking to Machiavelli. His penchant for grace isn't based on masturbatory tenets but on virtue. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by P. J. Chenard