On Horseback Through Asia Minor Vol. I

Frederick Burnaby

Frederick Burnaby was the most interesting man in the Empire: soldier, spy, raconteur and a practical joker.

Making a 1,000 ride through Turkey he details the great power competition with Russia, religious fanaticism of the Middle East, and a world few Westerners have ever seen.


And he managed to tell the tale like he just came back from a cocktail party. Sure, it was the 1880's, but... plus ça change.

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The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli

After 500 years, it is still hard to know what to make of Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince. We think we know what it all means – but do we? Unlike most of history’s iconic figures, Machiavelli hasn’t been rewritten with each passing generation: He’s always been a first-rate bastard. If nothing else, that’s integrity.


But is it fair? The Prince may be devoid of angles singing but it is a brilliant and plain-spoken explanation of the mechanics of the real world – whether you’re running for office or trying to get ahead at work. Best not to use on relationships… we really can’t stress that enough.

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