The Federalist: The Famous Papers on the Principles of American Government

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These eighty-five articles, commonly known as "The Federalist Papers," were, in reality, the work of three men: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Their purpose was to persuade convention voters - and ultimately the general public - that the old government, as it existed under the Articles of Confederation, was defective and that the proposed constitution, with its three branches of government, was the best means of realizing the ideals of justice and individual right. These papers were soon ...
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These eighty-five articles, commonly known as "The Federalist Papers," were, in reality, the work of three men: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Their purpose was to persuade convention voters - and ultimately the general public - that the old government, as it existed under the Articles of Confederation, was defective and that the proposed constitution, with its three branches of government, was the best means of realizing the ideals of justice and individual right. These papers were soon collected and printed in book form in 1788 by John and Archibald McLean under the title The Federalist
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  • ISBN-13: 9781586635725
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.89 (d)

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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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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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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