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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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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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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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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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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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Fantastic

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

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Written in the language an style of the time. Long unbroken sentences not suitable for twenty first century ears

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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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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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Excellent!

A wonderful rendition of historical documents that I wish I would have found 40 years ago!

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very involving and intricate

very interesting to get a perspective of early life in the colonies and what these men accomplished

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