Machiavelli’s The Prince is one of those books that I used to welcome on a college syllabus because it’s so short.
Short in length doesn’t mean short on wisdom, of course. The Prince merits careful study and contemplation. Just as it’s better for rulers to be feared than loved (as someone once said), it’s better for books to be deep than long.
My latest NRO podcast is with Niccolò Capponi, a Machiavelli biographer who is a direct descendant of his subject. He called in from Venice. His new book, An Unlikely Prince, has 334 pages, which is about three times as many as a typical edition of The Prince.
Next week’s podcast: Thomas Sowell.