Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, but he is now best remembered for his science fiction novels. "The New Machiavelli" is a 1911 novel, the story of Richard Remington who appears to be a man to envy. But underneath his superficial contentment, he is far from happy with either his marriage or the politics of his party. The novel describes the disarray into which his life is thrown, when he meets the young and beautiful Isabel Rivers and becomes tormented by desire.