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ISBN-13: 978-0899666952
ISBN-10: 0899666957
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Admirable introduction...Oxford University Press is to be congratulated on adding it to its collection of World's Classics. Howard Temperley, TLS --Tls

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Isaac Kramnick is Professor of Government at Cornell and introduced the new edition of Democracy in America for Penguin Classics.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books; Limited Edition edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899666957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899666952
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Nichols on May 2, 2009
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The publication quality of this text is questionable. It looks like the pages are photocopies of another book. The margins are broad, and there are marks on many pages where the copier may have made an error. Also, some of the letters near the margins are illegible due to distortion or disappearance. The table of contents is inaccurate, and while it claims that there is an extensive introduction in the beginning of this text, it does not in fact exist. The text is crisp and legible on most pages, but on some pages the print seems washed out, much like a bad photocopy.

However, the text is certainly readable and includes all 85 papers. There is an extended table of contents with paragraph summaries of each of the papers, which is a nice touch. The header of each page also gives a one-line summary of the paper that is included on the page, which makes flipping through the text easier. Considering how large the book is, it is offered at a reasonable price, and I am sufficiently satisfied with my purchase that I do not plan to return it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By aubreyspear@iname.com on August 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Every Citizen of the U.S. should read this book. It is the foundation of our form of government. The Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers contain the principals upon which the U.S. Constitution was written. Our Founding Fathers were very wise to build upon time tested principals. Their documents and arguments are as valid and important today as they were then. The Federalist Papers are proof that our nation was born out of a strong desire to do what was morally right.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Musubi on November 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Federalist is the most important work on American political ideology, save perhaps for the Constitution itself. Written largely by Madison and Hamilton (John Jay became ill after writing only a handful of the essays), two of the most brilliant minds this country has produced (okay, Hamilton was not technically a natural-born American, but that's splitting hairs), The Federalist is nothing short of remarkable in its argument for a federal system of republican government. Particularly important is Madison's Federalist No. 10, which blends Hume's and Montesquieu's thoughts on faction and republicanism to present a brilliant argument for an extended republic based on a federation of smaller republics (ie, the United States). If you don't own a copy already, buy one. In fact, buy two (as I have)-one hardbound volume to keep on your bookshelf for reference, and one paperback to carry with you wherever you go. If I had a fire in my apartment and had time to grab only one book, I would not hesitate at all to save this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Stalcup-Finch on December 1, 2013
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Book was in new condition as represented in the description. Ornate binding in the style of much older volumes. Quality paper used in the printing process. Excellent value for the money.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick's mom on June 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am appalled that a publishing company would put such a ridiculous disclaimer on a publication of the founding documents of the United States of America. Buy from another publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas N. Ronayne on October 18, 2012
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The United States of America began with the Articles of Confederation which quickly became recognized as an unwieldy mechanism for the new country. Replacing the Articles with a constitution, an entirely new form of government, essentially creating a strong central government -- the federal system. A Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia to draft a constitution completing its work in June of 1787.

The draft was complete but the real work then began: convince the citizens of the states that adopting this new form was the right course for the country.

There were both pro- and anti ratification forces a work. Those for and against adoption worked to convince the people to support their views. The two most respected men in America -- George Washington and Benjamin Franklin -- were openly in favor of the Constitution with other influential individuals acting against.

Four states were critical to adoption, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia and New York. Of these, New York was the most opposed and had not approved the draft in Philadelphia; two of its three delegates withdrew in protest during the proceedings leaving the third, Alexander Hamilton, without a vote. Under the Articles, New York had carved an independent course for itself by adopting trade and tariff measures (which were allowed under the Articles).

Hamilton decided that an intense propaganda effort would be required to sway the voters of New York. Hamilton was adept at, perhaps a master of, controversial writing and planned to publish arguments for adoption four times a week in the newspapers. He recruited John Jay, a fellow New Yorker and supporter of the Constitution, to help with the writing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bengtson on August 12, 2008
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To put the nations most important thinking in such a cheesy cover is a real shame. It would embarass the authors. But alas the Papers are the Papers. They are an explosion of Enlightenment thinking and can thus enhance and enliven anyones understanding of the nation's founding and nations' many current predicaments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally l schroeder on January 28, 2014
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I ordered The Federalist Papers as a result of my current read: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow Z(2004). There are times when I think I am reading today's newspapers; the president in Hamilton's time was George Washington and he faced political difficulties from the Federalists and Republicans that were difficult. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was accused of favoring the banks. (Think Ben Bernancke.) In Federalist Paper Number 10, the problems of political parties is discussed and one would think that today's political parties have not benefitted from our history. There is truth in adage of history repeating itself.
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