Later known as The Federalist Papers, they were published under the pseudonym "Publius", although written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. This presentation explores the major arguments contained in The Federalist Papers and contrasts them with the views of the Anti-Federalists.
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I was thinking I was getting some actual Federalist Papers, not commentary on them, so I was disappointed right away. Then, I was even more disappointed with the worldview of the author--he was about as anti-federalist as he could possibly be. After reading Chernow's Alexander Hamilton this author's view of Hamilton seemed a warped cariature, rather than a balanced look at his writings or goals for America. I do not recommend this book at all. I wish audible would offer the actual unabridged Federalist Papers themselves, instead, so we could make our own judgment about their content.
This is a book ABOUT the Federalist Papers, not the real thing. It seems fine as that, but the reader "does" the quotations (e.g. by Hamilton) in weird pseudo-English accents which make them fairly painful.
The first two reviewers have it right. Blackstone/Audible need to clearly indicate that this is a very unsophisticated commentary with, as has been noted, a very distinct bias. We still need an audible version of the complete and unabridged Papers. Don't bother with this. I'd give it no stars, if I could.
This is work offers a brisk review of the background and context of the Federalist papers and an outline of the content of the Papers themselves. The received narrative of the Federalist movement is so painfully one-sided as to gravely distort our history. This work is impressive in its willingness to be frankly critical of the Federalists and to go so far at to treat Anti-Federalist movement as being of equal dignity. This has agitated some listeners, but it is important that we take and honest view of the men in question, their methods and their ideals.
If you want to begin to understand the split between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist movements during and shortly after the Revolution, this is a great place to start. This is a wonderful piece of commentary, and a must read if you want to begin to unravel the idea of liberty, and to understand the views of those behind the writing of the Bill of Rights. The commentary also helps to explain why Patrick Henry "smelled a rat" during the ratification of our Constitution. This is not an unabridged copy of the Federalist papers. It is commentary on the contrasting views of the Anti-Federalists, as the publisher's commentary describes
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