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Butterfield, Herbert. The Statecraft of Machiavelli. London: Faber & Faber 1940; 2nd ed., 1955. Study of Machiavelli's statecraft in lights of his own aims and objectives. Generally considered the best work on the subject.

Chabod, Federico. Machiavelli and the Renaissance. Trans. by David Moore. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1960. Examines Machiavelli in the mainstream of Italian history and describes the characteristics of the absolute state.

Fleisher, Martin. Machiavelli and the Nature of Political Thought. New York: Atheneum, 1972.

Gilbert, A. H. Machiavelli's Prince and Its Forerunners. Durham: University of North Carolina Press, 1938. Attempts to discover Machiavelli's "sources" in The Prince and describes his political thought in comparison to that of the Middle Ages.

Gilbert, Felix. Machiavelli and Guicciardini: Politics and History in Sixteenth-century Florence. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965. Contains excellent portraits of Renaissance Florentine thought, and offers political insights into Machiavelli's Renaissance mind.

Meinecke, Friedrich. Machiavellism. New York: Hill and Wang, 1957. A reprint of the original German version, with excellent commentary on Machiavelli's political impact on Western thought.

Parel, Anthony. The Political Calculus. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1972.

Rauch, Leo. The Political Animal. Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 1981. A good introduction to Machiavelli's basic thought. Also includes a discussion of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx.

Ridolfi, Roberto. The Life of Niccolo Machiavelli. Trans. by Cecil Grayson. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963. A general introduction to the life and times of Machiavelli.

Ruffo-Fiore, Silvia. Niccolo Machiavelli. Boston: Twayne, 1982. Clearly written biographical sketch of Machiavelli's times, preferable to Ridolfi.

Skinner, Quentin. Machiavelli. New York: Hill and Wang, 1981. Excellent analysis of Machiavelli's political thought and his influence on political theory.


How the Duke of Valentinois Killed Vitellozzo Vitellozzi and Oliverotto da Fermo, 1503

A Provision for Infantry, 1506

The Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy, 1518

Life of Castruccio Castracani, 1520

Mandragola, 1520

The Art of War, 1520

The History of Florence, 1525

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