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The Federalist Papers (Civic Classics)

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"The best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written" - Thomas Jefferson

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 1787)
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Marc Towersap
Jun 11, 2013 Marc Towersap rated it liked it
while I'm a 4th way through the book, I admit I'm disappointed, not over the content, but with what's missing. I thought, when I bought it, it'd be all the federalist papers. I knew they were really just a bunch of essays published in a New York newspaper under the pseudonym 'Plubius', I knew it was written mostly by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, with a few by John Jay. I knew this was basically arguing for New York to ratify the US Constitution without the Bill of Rights, which wasn't w ...more
Daniela Bullard
Sep 12, 2015 Daniela Bullard rated it it was amazing
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This is a great book to read based on the United States constitution in which Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay focused on. Also they pointed that We as the people of United States created the constitution. At the same time it was pointed out that if we have justice there will be no government because the people will over rule. For the most part all three of them pointed out some of the strengths and weaknesses of each of our powers that organizes the United States such as the legisl ...more
Dec 25, 2016 Erwin rated it did not like it
This summary was useless... I'm just going to Guttenberg and downloading the origional text when I've got some time. Something with historical references/footnotes/comments would be ideal, but that should be an expansion on the origional papers, not editing it down to nothing...
Arkajit Dey
Jul 17, 2016 Arkajit Dey rated it it was amazing
This edition is an abridged collection of some of the essays (19 out of the full 85). The essays were written in the midst of the Constitution ratification debates to encourage ratification.

If you're interested in how the national government was designed, why certain features were added or not added, these papers will help illuminate. Consider it a user's guide to the Constitution. Where the latter is a short (~10 page) document of the rules of government, these letters expand on why those rules
Oct 02, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, political
While I understand the importance of reading a book like this, and I'm glad I did, it was a very dry read.

I really enjoyed the literary and historical references. Hamilton especially seemed to rely on his Greek history when trying to make points. The comparisons between other rulers from other countries and what Hamilton or Madison hoped our president would be was interesting as well. I got the impression they spent a lot of time analyzing other governments in order to pick and choose the best q
Tristan Williams
Aug 29, 2014 Tristan Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent subset of The Federalist Papers, focusing mainly on the iconic entries and the contemporarily relevant ones.
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Fundamental to understanding the tenuous details that hold our Republican system of government together.
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Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, and political philosopher. He led calls for the Philadelphia Convention, was one of America's first Constitutional lawyers, an
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