Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on this day in 1469.
We remember him for "The Prince", or the book that he published in 1532 when he was briefly jailed.
The book was intended as a handbook for politicians and it inspired the term "Machiavellian".
Some say that he is the father of modern political theory.
I've read the book at several times in my life:
First, I had to read it in school;
Second, during a flight between Dallas and Chicago; and
Third, I saw it on sale a few years ago and bought a paperback copy and read it one summer afternoon.
It is a good book.
He also wrote several poems and plays.
Machiavelli died on June 21, 1527, in Florence, Italy: