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.
Six Wives of Henry VIII
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.
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.