Revealed: Machiavelli never wrote nor believed that 'the end justifies the means'

By Jean-Christophe Piot

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There can be few political treatises better known around the world than The Prince, a short, accessible, well-presented text by Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli. Written in 1513 when Machiavelli’s employers, the Medici family, had him imprisoned, it became an immediate success as of its first publication in 1532.