The Original Argument

  • by Glenn Beck, Pat Gray
  • Narrated by Adam Grupper
  • 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government - a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.
Adapting a selection of these essential essays - pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay - for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.


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Customer Reviews

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Publius made simple

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I tried years ago to read "The Federalist Papers" and was discouraged because they wrote "above my pay grade". I recommend this listen to to anyone at my pay geade or below.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Original Argument?

Sorry, this is not a thriller story. I listened to the arguments and duly noted them. It did, however make clear the original intent of the constitution.

Which scene was your favorite?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It takes more than one listen to absorb all the information

Any additional comments?

Odd preview questions for a nonfiction classic like the Federalist.

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- Willis McLaughlin

Informative but BORING!!

What did you like best about The Original Argument? What did you like least?

As a history buff, I loved hearing the stories behind the writing of the Federalist Papers. These papers are something everyone one should read at least once in their lives, but there has to be a better way to go about it. The book was just plain boring most of the time.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very monotone. The parts read by Beck were good, but the other narrator was just plain boring.

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- Kyle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio