As a timeless popular classic of political theory, THE PRINCE is a fascinating guide on how to acquire and maintain power. The other major underlying theme is the protection of the state by any means necessary. It teaches that any effective means to protect and make prosperous the state are justifiable, but that the leader should avoid getting himself hated: "it is best to be both feared and loved; however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved." Effective methods of governing are also discussed. This is a must-have for anyone interested in the struggle for power and how it is won and lost.