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The Federalist Papers: The Gideon Edition

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The Federalist , by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which up to then were bound by the Articles of Confederation, The Federalist remains today of singular importa ...more
Paperback, 652 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Liberty Fund Inc.
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Adam Cherson
Jul 23, 2013 Adam Cherson rated it it was amazing
I rate this book a 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best. If you want to understand what was going on in the minds of the people who founded the United States of America, this is the mother lode. It is just amazing how relevant these writings are to today.
Hamilton: "Among the most formidable of the obstacles which the new Constitution will have to encounter may readily be distinguished the obvious interest of a certain class of men in every State to resist all changes which may hazard a dim
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Travis
Dec 22, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Patient people interested in the Constitution
Shelves: classics
This was a very interesting read, though not surprisingly difficult. It was interesting to see how the narrative voice changed between the three authors. After reading a paper or two from each author, I could often tell who wrote a paper without looking.

It was also interesting to see how they argued things they didn't necessarily believe in. James Madison's defense of the 3/5ths clause was especially interesting to read. Madison had fought against the continuation of slavery, and did not agree w
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David Griffith
Feb 07, 2011 David Griffith rated it it was amazing
The Gideon Edition contains Madison's own corrections, amendments, and reflects his later views. It is, of course, a tour de force of constitutional theory, unparalleled in history. A joy to read. The cases argued in the early days of the republic reflect the same high tone and classical learning of the writers of the Federalist, as well as the same tone and classical learning of their opponents, Jefferson, Wythe, and the other "republicans" of the time, who opposed the idea of a national govern ...more
Amasa
Feb 27, 2009 Amasa rated it it was amazing
Not only is this a classic of political science, it is a fascinating look into the minds of three of the men who formed our nation's political institutions at a time when the shape of those institutions had not yet been determined, and the very existence of a nation called the United States was still in doubt. Anyone who supposes they've discovered an improvement our political system is lacking ought to consult this book -- chances are, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay can already ...more
Joe
Sep 21, 2016 Joe added it
very informative on thought process behind our nation and constitution.
We see the age old tension between states rights and federal control and centralization.

This book shows the tremendous work it took to birth the nation and its constitution. It shows for example the struggle of what to do with slavery and the states that depended on it.

Slow hard reading but great information.

Karl
Jul 02, 2011 Karl rated it liked it
Very interesting insight into the founding fathers reasons for writing the Constitution the way that they did. Not an easy to read unless your interested in politics. The book is made up of many long winded pamphlets.
Tiff
Apr 01, 2008 Tiff rated it it was amazing
These articles deserve their reputation - they are difficult! But powerful and inspiring. I recommend working through them.
Mike
Nov 10, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
I read half the book. The beginning was awesome, then it got repetitive and much smaller issues. I am calling it done.
Brandon
Dec 09, 2008 Brandon marked it as to-read
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I've read some of it when I had a class with George Carey during college. I need to go through and read them all.
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Jul 29, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I forgot how much I loved this book! Our founding fathers were amazing people. Every American should read it.
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