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The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

51 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

easy to understand guide to the federalist papers

"the original argument" is very inexpensive and a wonderful easy to understand guide to the federalist papers it is very hard to put down and has some intresting commentery and quotes by many of our founding fathers and this shows how the federalist papers came to be an...
"the original argument" is very inexpensive and a wonderful easy to understand guide to the federalist papers it is very hard to put down and has some intresting commentery and quotes by many of our founding fathers and this shows how the federalist papers came to be and there is the articles of confederation as well as the constitution this is an amazing book so many people have not read our historical documents that shaped our nation but this book makes it easy to understand for everyone great gift idea for a friend and family member

posted by storms1 on June 17, 2011

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56 out of 232 people found this review helpful.

Adapted?

The Federalist is already written in clear modern English by some of the most scrupulously clear political writers in history (especially Madison). If Mr. Beck feels his audience is too slow-witted to read the real thing without having it filtered through his 800-word ...
The Federalist is already written in clear modern English by some of the most scrupulously clear political writers in history (especially Madison). If Mr. Beck feels his audience is too slow-witted to read the real thing without having it filtered through his 800-word vocabulary, one wonders why he has bothered including text at all. Surely a coloring book would have been cheaper to print, faster for his staff to write for him, and generally a more satisfying experience for the end user. Not recommended for persons with the standard number of chromosomes.

posted by 8635572 on June 17, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2011

    Save yourself $9

    You can read the actual Federalist Papers in a NookBook/eBook version for as little as 99 cents, and then form your own opinions rather than rely on Mr. Beck's interpretation "adapted for the 21st Century."

    9 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Historical rewrite!

    Once again, Beck attempts to rewrite history from his nonsensically singular viewpoint.

    7 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Glenn makes up his own history

    Mr. Beck needs to go back and really read Hamilton and Madison. I thought this was scholarly. Ha

    6 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    Somewhat expected the fraud, but still amazed how artfully it is hidden

    The book starts out with the premise that a college student claims the Federalist Papers are hard to read, and that it was required to translate them to 21st Century English so Americans could comprehend it. The truth is that the Federalist Papers are very easy to comprehend to anybody with at least a 7th grade reading level. However, the writer knows most people buying the book were too lazy to read the Federalist Papers to begin with, and will not read them now because they believe Glenn Beck has given them everything they need to read on them. It is truly brilliant what Glenn Beck and has protege have done here. Mr. Beck puts his name in big red letters on the cover so his followers, and even his enemies will purchase the book. His followers (including some of my family members) buy and believe just about everything Glenn Beck puts out. The other truly artful move Mr. Beck has done with regard to his enemies that purchase the book, is after the cover he puts the whole book on a college student so any attacks against Mr. Beck will be redirected to this "innocent college student" just trying to help everyone out with their history. Just as Glenn Beck refuses to believe President Obama has any good intentions for America, I refuse to believe that any college student in America is so dumb that he truly believes the premise to this book. So the only logical conclusion is this college student has figured out how Glenn Beck makes millions of dollars distorting reality to create fear. While I believe this book is a fraud from the first premise, I also tip my hat to these two for making such an elaborate one.

    4 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Horrible!

    Whar a horrible piece of garbage!

    4 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Good for a Laugh

    I found this difficult to read as a book to be taken seriously. We all know Glenn Beck has been off his rocker for some time now, but he really needs to find a new hobby these days. I thought this would be similar to his knock-off of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense". And I was right. If you read that book, you'll have a good idea of what this book is about - a bitter reactionary trying to equate 21st Century globalisation and the failure of unregulated markets in non-commodity enterprises to 18th Century taxation disputes and the revolution of the Enlightenment. Maybe if you're in the "Tea Party", you'll be at the mental capacity that this book is aimed at. If you're a rational educated person, you're probably not looking into this book in the first place.
    Don't waste your time.

    3 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    To paraphrase a paraphrase of George Santayana

    "Those who read history by uneducated charlatans are doomed to repeat it."

    I don't know what the sales rank of this book is, but it would suit the audience better if it were a pop-up book.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Big disappointment

    This book does not do what it claims - it is not well written and does not make the Federalist Papers more accessible or easy to understand. Just read the original. This book is a jumbled mess.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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