The Prez: Machiavelli visits The White House. What, Machiavelli? The White House?
For centuries the name Machiavelli has been synonymous with amoral calculation in politics. And, believe me, no American president would ever want to be described as Machiavellian. Yet should the canny Florentine return to life and visit twenty-first century America, he would have some useful and surprising advice for our chief executive – advice that would say as much about the United States as about the country’s highest office.