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The Prince
Machiavelli

Here is the world's most famous master plan for seizing and holding power. Astonishing in its candor The Prince even today remains a disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince . . . a king . . . a president. When, in 1512, Machiavelli was removed from his post in his beloved Florence, he resolved to set down a treatise on leadership that was practical, not idealistic. The Prince he envisioned would be unencumbered by ordinary ethical and moral values; his prince would be man and beast, fox and lion. Today, this small sixteenth-century masterpiece has become essential reading for every student of government, and is the ultimate book on power politics.


The Art of War
Sun Tzu

Amazon's Notes:
This classic tract written 2,500 years ago by a leading Chinese philosopher-general proposes a perspective with which to negotiate daily conflicts and insightful tools to help one to succeed in life and define and achieve personal goals.


Six Wives of Henry VIII
Alison Weir

Undoubtedly England's best-known monarch, Henry VIII continues to fascinate readers--owing almost entirely to his celebrated six marriages. Yet the six unique women who wed the tempestuous Tudor king have all but been reduced to a collective historical footnote. In this evocative biography, Henry's intriguing queens take center stage at last.


Longitude
Dava Sobel

The thorniest scientific problem of the eighteenth century was how to determine longitude. Many thousands of lives had been lost at sea over the centuries due to the inability to determine an east-west position. This is the engrossing story of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison, who solved the problem that Newton and Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only half the promised rich reward.


 
   

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