By Niccolò Machiavelli
Why this book?
One of our greatest abilities is to evolve, which is based on our need for survival. Historical references provide a great measure of this experience for our personal clarity. Written in 1532, Niccolò Machiavelli penned The Prince as a leadership guide for Lorenzo the Magnificent and any new princes and royals. Irrespective of the title, the book's theme is of accepting that one’s aims – such as glory and survival in this case – can justify the use of any means to achieve those ends. When we are transforming our stories, we often focus solely on the outcome irrespective of impact. Though written for 16th-century society, this book provides a perspective to consider when building the foundations of change – in the pursuit of buildings capabilities – based on want, indulgence, and survival.
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