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

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

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by Glenn Beck
     
 

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Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our

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Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.

Adapting a selection of these essential essays—pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.

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What book does David Barton say you should read if you love your country?:

"The Original Argument is an incredibly important book not only for the times in which we live, but for future generations of Americans as well. It brings the message of our Founders to our ears again, loud and clear, and in a way that more people can understand and apply. The Federalist Papers are essential reading to anyone who seeks to understand our Constitution, and this re-working of this classic American text represents a monumental achievement. Anyone who loves their country, seeks to understand our history and our Constitution better, and who wants to pass down the American heritage to their children and grandchildren, should own and study this book." —David Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Lies

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While Beck is cited as author, student Joshua Charles initiated the idea for updating the Federalist Papers. He found the original inspirational, while its dated language proved difficult to understand. His adaptation came to the attention of Beck, who secured publication. This is an accessible version of Hamilton's, Madison's, and Jay's appeal for the adoption of the federal Constitution. Useful commentary explaining references to historical events and characters in classical literature appears, and readers Pat Gray and Adam Grupper provide a solid presentation. This audiobook, however, is an abridged version offering less than half the print essays. And the intent to support Beck's vision of a small federal government limits its appeal mostly to listeners sharing his political and social views. Others should work their way patiently through the original work, which, as Beck and followers rightly point out, is as important today as it was in 1787–88.—Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451650617
Publisher:
Threshold Editions
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
273,132
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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"The Original Argument is an incredibly important book not only for the times in which we live, but for future generations of Americans as well. It brings the message of our Founders to our ears again, loud and clear, and in a way that more people can understand and apply. The Federalist Papers are essential reading to anyone who seeks to understand our Constitution, and this re-working of this classic American text represents a monumental achievement. Anyone who loves their country, seeks to understand our history and our Constitution better, and who wants to pass down the American heritage to their children and grandchildren, should own and study this book." —David Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Lies

Meet the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a thirteen-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Conform, Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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
ebdchair More than 1 year ago
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!
DLMaston More than 1 year ago
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!
Susan Theiss More than 1 year ago
Glenn Beck has done it again. He has captured the very essence of the Founders intentions and the antiamerican left hates it. He states names, dates and facts and the lefties fire back by calling him names. Beck is a patriot who wants to share information, much of which is fascinating. If the hearts and minds of the Founding Fathers are interesting to you, read the book.
AlwaystheStudent More than 1 year ago
The Original Argument is a good way to understand some of the concepts outlined in the Federalist Papers. If you've never read the original essays, this would be a good place to start.
Shane Anglin More than 1 year ago
This work is a great idea and hopefully more people will read it to understand the originals.
Boltach More than 1 year ago
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
MulgaBill More than 1 year ago
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.
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