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The Federalist Papers [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Hamilton , John Jay , James Madison

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"This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren ... should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties." So wrote John Jay, one of the revolutionary authors of The Federalist Papers, arguing that if the United States was truly to be a single nation, its leaders would have to agree on universally binding rules of governance--in short, a constitution. In a brilliant set of essays, Jay and his colleagues Alexander Hamilton and James Madison explored in minute detail the implications of establishing a kind of rule that would engage as many citizens as possible and that would include a system of checks and balances. Their arguments proved successful in the end, and The Federalist Papers stand as key documents in the founding of the United States.

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Admirable introduction...Oxford University Press is to be congratulated on adding it to its collection of World's Classics. Howard Temperley, TLS

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481915886
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TPP976
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Includes Table of Contents April 25 2011
By Kevin in Towson - Published on Amazon.com
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This free Kindle edition of The Federalist (with Jay's name listed first in the Amazon listing) has one advantage over the other edition available free at this time (for which Amazon lists Madison as first author). This (Jay) edition has a table of contents at the beginning so you can jump directly to the paper you want to read. The text seems clean, though the headings seem disproportionately large. That small quibble aside, it seems perfectly adequate for quick reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be Required Reading! Jan. 19 2013
By T. A. Rudnicki - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the US, the 'Federalist Papers' are a series of articles written for a New York newspaper. Mr Hamilton goes into detail on the thought process behind the US Constitution and clearly shows the intent behind the Constitution and the BIll of Rights. In this respect, the 'Papers' clearly and concisely outline what the Founding Fathers meant and should be used by citizens, political leaders, and the court system to accurately adjudicate the true meaning behind our Constitution.
I found this collection of writings by Mr Hamilton to be a very humbling eye opener as it can clearly be seen how far off track the US is getting with "modern" interpretation of the Constitution. By reading these papers, you can clearly see that the Founding Fathers were well educated in both literature and history and attempted to produce a framework of laws governing the US that would preculde pitfalls that earlier Republics have fallen into. Yes, the US is a Constitutional Republic and the Founding Fathers never intended nor wanted the US to be a Democracy. We are a Rule of Law nation not a majority rule one and the 'Federalist Papers' makes that more than abundantly clear.
For example, in Federalist #26, Mr Hamilton clearly explains the Second Amendment, clarifying that the 'militia' is all able-bodied men, and that the right to bear arms meant that citizens should have the same type of arms as the standing army because the full intent of the Second Amendment is to prevent government tyranny, not to protect hunting rights.
I believe that the 'Federalist Papers' should be required reading by all High-School and college students in preparation for them to become well-informed voting citizens and able to preserve and protect the Republic our Founding Fathers have created.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book for Democracy Loving People Sept. 18 2013
By Shashikant Nishant Sharma - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read this book over two times to gain deep insight into the content of the book. The essays written during the formative years of American democracy are still valid to read. This book has highly thought provoking ideas which got evolved during the shaping of American Democracy which has paved way for many small and big countries of the globe. I have got new meaning in the understanding of the Indian democracy after reading this book which is really a collection of scholarly essays written on various themes of democracy, civil liberty, universal human rights, socio-economic and political equity and equal opportunities for all to make the Earth a better place for human race. You must read this book to get new meaning of the terms which are frequently used in modern universal approach of resource management for human race.
The valid and reasonable thinking portrayed by scholars of America for defining the fate of future generations is worth reading.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ FOR EVERY AMERICAN ! ! ! March 30 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must-read for every American in order to understand more clearly the foundation of our country. America is based on these ideas and ideals, NOT on the progressive socialism Obama and his progressive brown shirts are trying to push down our throats in their quest to "fundamentally change America." This book is not easy reading as it is not only philosophy but also political, but it is definitely WORTH reading so you will know what we are losing unless we stop them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for our times Aug. 17 2013
By Bill Loper - Published on Amazon.com
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Time and history have already reviewed these papers. If you care about where we are and where we are going, it's a good idea to determine where we came from.

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the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. &quote;
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For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. &quote;
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a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants. &quote;
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