Niccolo Machiavelli died on this day in 1527. He was 58. Machiavelli wrote the book on political ruthlessness. Today, The Prince is required reading on many college campuses. He once said, "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both."
Machiavelli appears at age 44 in A Book of Ages, right before an anecdote about Ronald Reagan hosting the TV coverage of the opening of Disneyland. Machiavelli appears again at age 58.