- Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince is a 16th century political treatise by Nicolo Machiavelli. In it, Machiavelli argues that it is better for a ruler to be feared than loved, and that the ends justify the means. The book has been praised and condemned by various scholars over the years, but is still considered one of the most influential political works ever written. Read in English, unabridged.