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Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. Still hotly debated and open to often controversial interpretations, the arguments first presented here by three of America's greatest patriots and political theorists were created during a critical moment in our nation's history, providing readers with a running ideological commentary on the crucial issues facing a democracy. Today, The Federalist Papers are as important and vital a rallying cry for freedom as ever.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Raymond on 06-16-11

Did they have a crystal ball?

It would seem these great men knew freedoms enemy and in these writings tried to warn us of them. I would assume they would be hugely disappointed with us and what we have let happen to our country. I’m not talking about Obama, Bush or Clinton, but the last 50- 100 years of Americans putting their faith in government.

After each segment I caught myself thinking why... if they could see it coming from the late 1700's then how is it we can't see it happening to us today? Then the mocking words of another would then ring in my head. “a Republic… if you can keep it.”

It's like giving a kid a dollar in a candy store. The kid says whats this for dad and you reply your future, if you learn how to invest in it. It's as if they knew we would progressively forfeit our freedoms just like I know my kid will buy a piece of candy.

That said it was difficult to listen too while doing anything. I typically listen during my commute, while I work in the yard or putts around the house, but with the Old English Shakespearian language I found myself having to pay attention more than most books. I think the original argument needs to be read or listened to in the original language because you realize how deliberate that generation’s leadership was with their thoughts and words. They spoke of the future as we speak of tomorrow. They understood history and thoughtfully and knowingly planned for the future generations while we thoughtlessly and (IMHO) knowingly organize the desolation the generations to come.

I’m not sure why, but I just ordered a newer version that is supposed to be in modern language.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 11-17-15

The intent of the framers of the US Constitution?

After winning the American revolution the 13 states joined in 1784 in the Articles of Confederation. It became clear very soon that the arrangement could never work effectively. During the summer of 1787 the true founders of the US representing all 13 states met in secret for months in Philadelphia writing what became the US Constitution. The next job was selling the new Constitution to the people. That task was led by Alexander Hamilton of New York (the essential person in forming our republic), James Madison of Virginia, and to a lesser degree James Jay of New York. These three men wrote 85 articles/essays beginning in the fall of 1787 that were widely published and were key to the formation of the United States of America under the US Constitution. These 85 essays explain in detail all aspects of the reasons/logic in every article of the Constitution. While the actual Constitution is brief and concise, the 85 essays, the Federalist Papers, provide the reasons, logic and arguments for the various articles in the document that created the United States when it was approved in 1789.

All of the essays were written under the pseudonym "Publius". The actual authorship of each of the 85 articles/essays is now generally agreed with Hamilton writing 51, Madison writing 26, Jay writing 5, and Hamilton and Madison collaborating on 3.

I believe that the study of the US Constitution including the reading and understanding of the Federalist Papers should be a required high school course as well as a required university course for freshmen.

Finally, the ideal format for reading and understanding the Federalist Papers is not an audiobook; it should be a printed book. However, an audiobook format is an ideal way to go back and review for purpose of refreshing memory.

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