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Hailed by Thomas Jefferson as "the best commentary on the principles of government which was ever written," The Federalist Papers is a collection of 85 essays published by Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay from 1787 to 1788, as a means to persuade the public to ratify the Constitution of the United States.

With nearly two-thirds of the essays written by Hamilton, this enduring classic is perfect for modern audiences passionate about his work or seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most important documents in US history.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Federalist Papers, this edition of The Federalist Papers (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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I must for everyone who slept through history class

This is essential reading for everyone who would like to claim the know what our founding fathers meant when they crafted the US constitution and foresaw the Bill of Rights
Too many halfwits expound on what is or is not Constitutional.
Perhaps we can get to a more civil discourse if everyone was required to read & understand this epic compendium of constitutional intent!

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Very Readable

This book is an essential to anyone interested in the early formation of American politics. The performance makes the audio of this book very engaging, and I'm not sure if I could have gotten through the book otherwise. Fascinating work.

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One of Three Essential American Documents

Every American citizen, and anyone who wants to understand the American government, should read the Federalist Papers, Washington’s Farewell Letter and the US Constitution. The writing of the Federalist Papers is superb as the three authors were extremely talented in the art of communication and there knowledge of the many forms of government. The reader did a decent job for a document promoting a new and bold form of government, a government, prescribed in law, to respect and to protect the inalienable rights of the individual. Although it took many decades to fulfill the Constitution’s mandate, the fact that these principles were written into law and the mechanisms put into place to eventually make it so for all. Unfortunately, we must remain vigilant to keep those in government from going backwards and deny individuals their rights as prescribed in our Constitution, in particular, the first and second amendments.

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Great Voice for Great Words

This version of The Federalist Papers carries with it an emotion I imagine would be used by the founding fathers and is adequately portrayed by the voice actor.

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The wrong side won

The Anti-Federalists were against excessive debt, against a permanent Federal army, against wars for non-defensive reasons, and against slavery. They predicted an endless expansion of taxes and federal power, as well as the establishment of a corrupt political/oligarchical class in a central seat of power that would no longer be accountable to the States and the people.

We now have a federal government that has loaded each tax payer with 225k of debt (excluding unfunded liabilities), innumerable federal agencies staffed by overpaid bureaucrats who are employed for life and accountable to no one (except maybe their billionaire/corporate overlords), and a permanent multi-trillion dollar military industrial complex with bases in half the world that engineers one counterproductive foreign regime change after the next. The Federalists assured us none of this would happen. If it weren’t for the Bill of Rights (which the Federalists didn’t think necessary) the American revolution would have been dead on arrival. It is no surprise that today we witness continued efforts by DC to undermine these amendments which have always been the bulwark against a return to full despotism. Remember, Liberty has been the exception and Tyranny the rule throughout human history.

Meanwhile Switzerland, which is often mentioned favourably by the Anti-Federalists, has a top federal rate of income tax of 12% and the highest wealth per capita in the world despite being landlocked with almost no natural resources and a challenging geography and climate. It hasn’t fought a single war since America was founded despite being surrounded by neighbors who were almost more often at war than not during this period.

We need Sons of Liberty 2.0

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Fantastic

This should be required reading material in every single high school in the United States.

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Excellent!

A wonderful rendition of historical documents that I wish I would have found 40 years ago!

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This book is for the highly educated in America. You cannot declare yourself educated on American government and politics without having read the Federalist Papers.

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A very good educational book

This book gives an excellent understanding of the Constitution and the founder's struggle to get it right.

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Over the top at a great price.

The performance is too emphatic. The text would be better endured with an inquisitive tone.

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