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A Prince among men

I may have a reputation for cynicism, but Jonathan Powell’s tale of life within the Blair court has taught me a thing or two about insider politics, writes Niccolo Machiavelli

My advice to Powell: hire mercenaries, fast

The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World By Jonathan Powell (Bodley Head, £20)

I am often asked to review books about myself. This is wearisome, but I lift my quill with genuine alarm in this case. I caused my volume The Prince to be published five years after my death, and Brother Powell would have been well advised to do the same. For when I said that it is better to be feared than to be loved, I was preaching a doctrine of necessity for princes, not a rule…

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