The Federalist Papers

  • by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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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- Raymond

Referendum for the Ages

This is always some of the most difficult reading. Heavy philosophy rich in the English language and legal culture. It's immensely helpful to both have a paperback copy and this audio version. The multifaceted uptake approach helps absorption of the reading material and also forces the reader (esp. those not at a post-graduate reading level) to slow down and think critically through the various arguments. Once understood, The Federalist Papers becomes a quintessential compendium for defending a Republican style of government centered on limited powers and individual liberty.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio