N is for the New Prince

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THE NEW PRINCE

A concept stemming from Machiavelli and referenced in The 50th Law. For Machiavelli, the New Prince is someone who, through dint of ingenuity and boldness, rises up to power from the bottom. They were not born with advantages; rather, they seized opportunities, acted quickly and with courage, adapted to the times, and overcame obstacles.

For Greene, a classic example of the New Prince is Napoleon Bonaparte, whose deep penchant for military strategy and strong ambition to be in power allowed him, despite humble beginnings, to rise through the ranks and become Emperor of France.

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