The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemy’s.” – Napoleon Bonaparte.
They are men of power, means, influence and authority. They understand the landscape; the intricacies, uses and gains of wielding and dispensing from their vast and rich tanks. On the turf of business, in politics, the military or civil service, their names draw awe, love, inspiration, admiration, hatred and spite, depending on the viewer’s side-view. They, in good essence, exemplify and live out the true meaning of power espoused in Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, which states that “Timidity is dangerous. Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit with audacity are easily corrected with more audacity”.
Some attained the height by discovering and exploiting the people’s thumbscrew, recreating themselves or even assuming formlessness. Some others got round the bend by being subtle, congenial yet cunning, democratic yet devious. For as the great Renaissance diplomat and philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli, writes, “Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good”.