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The Federalist Papers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    A Work of Incalculable Importance...

    To say that The Federalist Papers is a work of great importance is an understatement in many ways. First, it is a classic volume of political theory...indeed it is America's great contribution to political theory. The Federalist Papers stand alongside Leviathan,, Two Treatises, The Social Contract, and The Spirit of the Laws as the great works of the age. Second, it is the first and best defense for constitutionalism, particularly, the American Constitution, which it promoted with unwavering and ferocious ardor. What few people outside the scholastic disciplines of American history, political theory, and American jurisprudence realize is how majestic and remarkable the American Constitution and all that encompasses it really are. When the Articles of Confederation failed, the need for a new document outlining a better system of government was needed. What emerged from the 1787 Philadelphia convention was grander and more misunderstood than anyone could have envisioned. Indeed, Sir William Pitt, the famous English Parliamentarian and jurist said of the American efforts , 'It will be the wonder and admiration of all future generations, and the model of all future constitutions.' Even more remarkable is that such a radical document, formulated as the result of debate and compromise, was ever ratified. America's radical experiment may never have seen the light of day were it not for the eloquent and brilliant arguments proffered by Publius. In careful study of the making of this remarkable document, one can begin to appreciate how unique the American experience really is begins to emerge. The nature of Publius' arguments is testament to The Federalist Papers universal and immortal impact. These essays are the definitive argument for Republican democracy, and, indeed, self-government and the notion of a government which operated under the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. The Federalist Papers, along with a few other documents (The Declaration of Independence, the writings of James Wilson, and the great speeches of Lincoln, form elegant and eloquent testament to why democracy should work. Than I can write this unworthy and insignificant missive is testament to why these great men, Publius and all the rest, were right.

    34 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    America's Greatest Piece of Political Theory

    The Federalist is a must read for anyone interested in the origins of US government, American political values, the history of colonial America or Democracy. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay authored the 85 part piece as letters to the editor to gain public support for the new consititution. This gives it a comprehensive and admittedly (by the author(s)) repetitive look at the reasoning behind every decision made in writing the Constitution. It provides an explanation for American government, but it's true strength as a work of political theory is that it articulates American political values by it creating them, rather than by reporting them through a historical lens. Finally, while reading the book, any student of American history or politics can not stray from the importance of the work. I still find it awe inspiring thinking that it was written by some of America's greatest minds, and even today has an undeniable influence on the world's oldest democracy.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    Great book

    This book is good for reference and research, it's a glimpse into what happened in the founding of our great nation.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Historical in Nature

    This is basically historical in nature and provides information about all aspects of the Constitution. Otherwise, it will just remain on the bookshelf or passed on to someone who is taking a political science course.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The Federalist papers

    It was very informative and concise. I'm sure I will use it often for material

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    A great companion

    A great companion read to the U.S. Constitution. Reveals some of the thought processes behind the ratification of our Constitution, and the thoughts of the Framers.

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