The list author says: "These books provide the clearest introduction to Whig history and ideas, with an emphasis on the commonwealth tradition. For more information on Whigs, please visit www.newindependentwhig.blogspot.com."
"Sadly, Machiavelli is remembered for his satirical book 'The Prince' and his name has become synonymous with the bad behavior described in that book. Machiavelli was not merely a satirist but an important republican philosopher, cited by Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson among others."
"This collection of writings was cited by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as one of the most important books for Americans to read. 'Cato's Letters' is a favorite among Libertarians, but is impressively misunderstood by them."