The New Machiavelli by Jonathan Powell
How to Wield Power in the Modern World

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The New Machiavelli is a gripping account of life inside 'the bunker' of Number 10. In his twenty-first century reworking of Niccolo Machiavelli's influential masterpiece, The Prince, Jonathan Powell - Tony Blair's Chief of Staff from 1994 - 2007 - recounts the inside story of that period, drawing on his own unpublished diaries.



Taking the lessons of Machiavelli derived from his experience as an official in fifteenth-century Florence, Powell shows how these lessons can still apply today. Illustrating each of Machiavelli's maxims with a description of events that occurred during Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, The New Machiavelli is designed to be The Prince for modern times.

 

About Jonathan Powell

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Jonathan Powell served as chief of staff to British Prime Minister Tony Blair from his election in 1997 until his resignation in 2007. The only senior member of staff to remain at Blair's side throughout his time at the top of British politics, he was described by the Guardian as being "at the heart of all [Blair's] key foreign policy initiatives." He is now senior managing director of Morgan Stanley's investment banking division.
 
Published October 31, 2010 by Vintage Digital. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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On the first, Powell makes a more reasoned argument than his boss – about the confused job spec of the information commissioner – for the arch-insider's perspective.

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