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

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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is the articles of confederation as well as the constitution this is an amazing book so many people have not read our historical documents that shaped our nation but this book makes it easy to understand for everyone great gift idea for a friend and family member

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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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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Geoff Boltach's Honest Review

    The Original Argument by Glenn Beck kept my occupied from Feb 3 until Feb 11 2012. This book is an abridged version of the Federalist Papers – however it is edited into modern language. There are 33 of the 85 papers published by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison to make the case for a strong federal government.

    It is amazing to see how much the original intent of Government has changed from the founding fathers. The founders specifically wanted and debated for a republic – not a democracy. I was surprised by two things that I had never known – First, that James Madison did not want the bill of rights included, and Second –that the three writers thought that the States would be able to hold their own against a power grab by the federal government. In addition, the intricacies of the American foundation of government were drawn upon logic, history, and interestingly enough by Madison’s admission – God’s hand.

    Overall, the book is good and gave me the insight into the diatribe between those who wanted a federal government and those who opposed. I would argue that “Publius” was actively trying to find the balance of government and ultimately asking – can man rule himself?

    Another thing is that I absolutely think that James Madison’s writing is dry and dull. Conversely Alexander Hamilton is great – he would be one person who I would like to meet in history – I especially loved his argument set forth in paper #11.

    I will take away an even deeper love for America and its founding fathers.

    Points

    The founders valued personal liberty

    They knew that human failings would desire more power – so they devised a system of checks and balances

    Paper #11 – Alexander Hamilton’s argument for a federal navy. He suggests unity, need to teach the pompous Europeans a lesson and kick their rears!

    Paper #85 – Hamilton suggests to use logic toward reason and good sense – no name calling and take the higher road when debating

    Paper #51 – Madison “Justice is the goal of government.”

    Paper #57 – Each person wants to be honored, favored, and respected.

    Factions – because people are diverse, each group wants to favor their ideas and views. Within a free society – this is valued.

    Paper #36 – Hamilton “There are strong minds in every walk of life who can rise above the disadvantages of their situation, and whose reputation can command the respect of those not only from their class, but from society in general. The door of elected office should be open to all…”

    Just my thoughts

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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