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is the articles of confederation as well as the constitution this is an amazing book so many people have not read our historical documents that shaped our nation but this book makes it easy to understand for everyone great gift idea for a friend and family member

posted by storms1 on June 17, 2011

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

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    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 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

    51 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

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    Very Well Written and Relevent

    I have read the Fedelist papers and the olde english is hard to understand easily. You read and reread to understand the language of the day. This book makes reading the federalist papers as easy as reading any novel on the shelf. Accurate and relevent to today-A Must Read!

    47 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Extremely well written and accurately adapted!!

    I have read the original version of the Federalist Papers, and have never had tremendous issues with the verbiage of late 1700s. This book is a VERY faithful, modern language adaptation. The original intent is completely preserved, and the additional commentaries/overviews provide good insights. All of the papers are handled honestly and are devoid of modern political ideologies. So....regardless of your political leanings, if you have always wanted to read the Federalist Papers, but simply found the language too cumbersome....then either embrace or ignore the author's name on the cover and buy this book!

    43 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    University education not required!

    I am amazed, well, not really, to read negative reviews of Mr. Beck's work. Unfortunately there are those who are so snobbish as to insult those of us that may have difficulties really understanding the complexities of 18th century English.
    Of course reading the "original" work is always desirable, however, for some that is not an easy nor comfortable option.
    I have read both the "Federalist Papers" as originally written and
    Glenn Beck's adaptation. I find Mr. Beck's book to be an excellent substitute for those who find our Founding Father's English at all intimidating.
    I recommend "The Original Argument" most highly.

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2011

    Good work

    This work is a great idea and hopefully more people will read it to understand the originals.

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Great Translation

    This book was a great translation of the original Federalist Papers. All the Liberal and Sicialist WACK jobs giving this a bad rating sound silly when they say this is 'lies'! DUH guys, it's merely a translation from "old english" to present day verbage.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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