When I wrote #Gnosiophobia
before the US election in 2016, I included four books that Alex saves.
As I’ve been thinking about the marketing for the #Kindle
edition of My Name is Alex, I’ve been thinking about why I chose the four books I did.
The short answer is they’re short. Like me. Practically, you can’t hide big books easily in your clothing. Try shoving a copy of Cuckold or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix down your pants sometime. They don’t fit.
On reflection, I’ve realized each book also connects me to a place where I lived outside the US: Italy, India, the UAE, and Korea.
It’s been a long time since I read The Prince by Machiavelli. The short treatise dedicated to Lorenzo di Piero De’Medici (not the Magnificent) is considered the first work of modern western political thought.
One of the most famous and perhaps most infamous sections is about whether it’s better for a prince to be feared or loved.
To the question, Machiavelli concludes:
“Since his being loved depends on his subjects, while being feared depends upon himself, a wise prince should build on what is his own, and not on what rests with others. Only...he must do his utmost to escape hatred.” — The Prince, Chapter 17
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