The Federalist: With Letters of Brutus

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Overview

The Federalist represents one side of one of the most momentous political debates ever conducted: whether to ratify, or to reject, the newly drafted American constitution. This authoritative new edition presents complete texts for all of the eighty-five Federalist papers, along with the sixteen letters of "Brutus", the unknown New York Antifederalist. Each paper is systematically cross-referenced to the other, and both to the appended Articles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution. Terence Ball's editing skills enhance the accessibility of a classic of political thought in action.
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Meet the Author

Formerly Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and visiting professor at UC San Diego and Oxford, Terence Ball now teaches political theory at Arizona State University. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, and has edited the political writings of James Mill and (with Joyce Appleby) Thomas Jefferson for the series of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought.
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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Synopsis; Chronology; Biographical synopses; A note on sources and abbreviations; Bibliographical note; The Federalist; Letters of Brutus; Appendices The Articles of Confederation and Constitution of the United States.
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  • Posted February 6, 2009

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    Perfect for Putting Constitution in Perspective!!

    This book is perfect for gaining an understanding of the Constitution and other related documents, as well as putting them into their original perspective!<BR/><BR/>While there are people who will complain of the book's writing being rather dry, the reader must keep in mind this is the actual prose in the days of Hamilton, Madison, and James -- as opposed to the writing style of today.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Great Read If You Wish To Understand The Foundation of the Constitution

    What a fantastic journey! I'm quite disappointed that I wasn't required to read any of these papers in high school, as well as not having the opportunity to read it any while in college. I definitely was able to see exactly what the founding fathers' intentions were in the development of our constitution. Definitely a must read for everyone to understand why we have the rights we have today.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2008

    Not a page turner, but enlightening

    This book was difficult to understand at the beginning due to the old fashioned language, but it was such an educational experience. It's nice to know what our founding fathers thought and believed, and how they thought our government should run. Every American citizen should read this because it gives insight into our government, which everyone should be educated about so they make good decisions. This was a fascinating book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    A must read for all

    A difficult read but afterwards you will realize how far off the reservation our government is in comparison to what our founders envisioned

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    Read it so you can say that you have read it ...

    My personal perspective is that if you are a serious student of American history, you must try to read 'The Federalist' just because it is there to be read. The 18th century writing style is not scintillating and I have spent weeks trudging through the text. When done however, I believe I will have a much firmer idea of what the founding fathers were thinking and why.

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    Posted July 16, 2012

    Dont download

    Horrible

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    Posted May 10, 2012

    Kyle says.......

    A wonderful lesson of American political thought from a time that sadly faded.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    Bad OCR makes it almost unreadable

    Recommend getting the Project Gutenberg version instead.

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