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Federalist Papers: The Best Argument for the Constitution
     

Federalist Papers: The Best Argument for the Constitution

by Robert E. Berger
 
The Federalist Papers, written as an argument for the U.S. Constitution, explain human nature, political power, and core principles often ignored by political leaders, courts, schools, and the media today—an ignorance that has led to the breakdown of our political systems and to an unchecked growth of government. The application of these principles to our

Overview

The Federalist Papers, written as an argument for the U.S. Constitution, explain human nature, political power, and core principles often ignored by political leaders, courts, schools, and the media today—an ignorance that has led to the breakdown of our political systems and to an unchecked growth of government. The application of these principles to our current politics can unleash optimism and economic productivity, while limiting abuses of political power and protecting liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, despite the current clamor for returning to the principles of the Constitution, few Americans have read this classic document, largely because its 18th-century style, as written by three lawyers, is unnatural for contemporary readers. This new edited version—using the authors’ original words and enhanced with outlines, subheadings, and hyperlinks—removes these obstacles and brings forth the argument, making the Federalist Papers easy-to-use and understand in the age of the e-book.

"In the aggregate, academic writers and jurists have cited the Federalist Papers as evidence of the original meaning of the Constitution more than any other historical source except the text of the Constitution itself."—Gregory E. Maggs, George Washington University Law School, in Boston University Law Review, 87.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014655101
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
07/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

ROBERT BERGER brings a unique perspective – that of a scientist (PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Mechanics and Materials Sciences) – to a classic document of American history. Based on his experience as the manager of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Berger started his own consulting business, editing scientific proposals that subsequently were submitted to federal agencies. This editing experience led to a book, The Rational Writer, A Logical Approach to Writing for Scientists, Engineers, and Anyone Else that Just Wants to be Understood, now under consideration for publication by MIT Press. Using the principles of that book, Dr. Berger applied both the rigor and the style of scientific argument to the Federalist Papers, enabling it to attain a logic that should be amenable to today’s reader. Prior to his tenure at the DOE, Dr. Berger conducted engineering research and technology assessment at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the Office of Naval Research, taught masters-degree-level courses in Technology Management at the University of Maryland, and served as a post-doctoral Research Associate of the National Research Council.

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