Northern Illinois University Press

The Sweetness of Power

Machiavelli's Discourses and Guicciardini's Considerations

Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini

Translated by James B. Atkinson and David Sices

"The best account of Machiavelli's main intention in writing the Discoursi, far surpassing all English editions."—Maurizio Viroli, Princeton University

The question of order inspired two of the greatest political thinkers of the Renaissance—Niccolò Machiavelli and Francesco Guicciardini, whose major works on the nature of government are linked in an authoritative new translation. Political adversaries but nonetheless friends, Machiavelli and Guicciardini both reflected on ancient Rome and refined their conceptions of government with an eye to the political turmoil of their own Florence.

Based on the definitive Italian editions and including extensive explanatory notes, this new translation re-creates the fascinating conflict that helped to shape the history of political thought.

ISBN: 978-0-87580-288-6
(2002) 504 pp.
cloth $38.50

ISBN: 978-0-87580-618-1
(2015) 504 pp.
paper $32.00

James B. Atkinson and David Sices have translated many works, including Machiavelli and His Friends: Their Personal Correspondence.

Table of Contents

Niccolò Machiavelli's Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy
Francesco Guicciardini's Considerations of the "Discourses" of Niccolò Machiavelli
Works Consulted

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-288-6
cloth $38.50
ISBN: 978-0-87580-618-1
paper $32.00