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The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century | [Glenn Beck, Pat Gray]

The Original Argument: The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century

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.
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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.

©2011 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc. All rights reserved.; ©2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Willis McLaughlin NORTH HILLS, CA, US 10-01-12
    Willis McLaughlin NORTH HILLS, CA, US 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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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?

    none


    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Glendale, KY, United States 07-12-11
    Tania Glendale, KY, United States 07-12-11
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    "EXCELLENT!!!"

    This should be required reading!! This is for anyone who believes the Consitution is a "living" document and open to interpretation.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    CHRIS METAIRIE, LA, United States 07-11-11
    CHRIS METAIRIE, LA, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "EXCELLENT"

    This is a long over due translation. I wish I had this in high school and college.

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    Kyle WANTAGH, NY, United States 06-11-12
    Kyle WANTAGH, NY, United States 06-11-12
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    "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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    Ronda Tucson, AZ, United States 05-11-12
    Ronda Tucson, AZ, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to listen to"

    I like Glenn Beck's ideas, but his way of expressing those ideas is redundant. He writes the way he talks. Pat Gray's contribution to the book is pretty dry reading for my taste.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Falcon Heights, MN, United States 04-21-12
    Pete Falcon Heights, MN, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Still a Bit Too Dry"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought it was still too technical and dry.

    Also, there were parts that delved deeply into issues that don't have any relevance today.


    What was most disappointing about Glenn Beck and Pat Gray ’s story?

    Could have used more context, background and development of the truly crucial Papers, and could have done without several others.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Good to have given some time to such important documents.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen, but it might be a labor for you to stick with it and not lose focus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DonnaDee Anderson, CA, United States 07-07-11
    DonnaDee Anderson, CA, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "And now I know!"

    Thank you. I've never been political but now I know. Thank you for putting our forefathers and our constitution in prospective for me. God Bless America, yes, but God Bless American's to know their blessings and keep their blessings. Amen

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Vienna, WV, United States 06-16-11
    Danny Vienna, WV, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2008

    I like American History, Politics (Conservative - Libertarian) Brad Thor and Glenn Beck.

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    "A must for Freedom lovers"

    The importance of this book is of the most importance to the future of America and to our understanding of what the birth of our country was all about.
    If you are concerned about freedom you will gladly absorb this book. If you are among those few that want to embrace socialism and the spreading of wealth will hate it.

    I have only got through the Intro's and have been inspired with new hope for our country and the people who are awake to what is happening and doing something about it.

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    Rob Chelmsford, MA, United States 06-22-11
    Rob Chelmsford, MA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great!"

    Should be required reading for all Americans who are contemplating voting. Especially in today's political climate.

    My only complaint is that Glenn didn't narrate the book himself!

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    vickie United States 07-28-11
    vickie United States 07-28-11

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    "Hard to follow"

    I found this to be a very difficult audio to follow. There was no story. Just facts and dates and concepts.
    Disapointment

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