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The Federalist Papers [Paperback]

Alexander Hamilton , James Madison , John Jay
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December 3, 2010 1936594404 978-1936594405
Paperback edition of the classic Federalist Papers. Also available as digital edition for Kindle: ASIN B0037HOQFS

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"This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren ... should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties." So wrote John Jay, one of the revolutionary authors of The Federalist Papers, arguing that if the United States was truly to be a single nation, its leaders would have to agree on universally binding rules of governance--in short, a constitution. In a brilliant set of essays, Jay and his colleagues Alexander Hamilton and James Madison explored in minute detail the implications of establishing a kind of rule that would engage as many citizens as possible and that would include a system of checks and balances. Their arguments proved successful in the end, and The Federalist Papers stand as key documents in the founding of the United States. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


Admirable introduction...Oxford University Press is to be congratulated on adding it to its collection of World's Classics. Howard Temperley, TLS --Howard Temperley, TLS

Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936594404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936594405
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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187 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rich keep getting richer... November 18, 2000
By Stephen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
and the Mentor Federalist Papers keep getting better. Yes, that's right. They actually managed to improve on it. The great new additions include the Declaration, the Articles, and an excellent new introduction by Charles Kessler. I think the killer feature for new readers will be the notes in the back, which, if you (like me) are shaky in your Greek history (and the finer points of European), do a great job of explaining allusions and references by the Papers. Be sure to use this feature -- there's no indication in the text that a note exists, but you should just look if you're unsure of a historical setting (or something similar), and there probably will be one.
On the minus side, I do miss Rossiter's introduction. It wasn't as good for laying out the plan of the work, but it should have been included (along with Kessler's) for its excellent overview of the contemporary situation and the philosophy behind the papers. Also, I feel that Rossiter's contents were slightly better than Kessler's. And, the page numbers are changed, invalidating older references to them. But all in all it's an improvement, and certainly the Mentor edition is the only one to have. Period. It's the one used by at least some of the Supreme Court Justices, and it retains that single dominating feature, Rossiter's cross-referenced Constitution (and index of ideas).
As for the Papers themselves, of course, they need no review. They are the first and ultimate Constitutional commentary, and fascinating reading besides. As literature they stand out for the exceptional style (all the more remarkable considering the haste in which they were written) and clear thinking, and more than any other book they define how the U.S. _should_ work.
All in all, this is one of the best book bargains on the market, that rare coincidence where best edition meets mass-market paperback. What are you waiting for?
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best edition of the Federalist Papers May 13, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best edition of the Federalist Papers. It includes many extras, but especially useful is the text of the US Constitution with cross-references to specific pages of the Federalist Papers referring to that provision. I highly recommend the Federalist Papers generally, and more specifically this edition to anyone wishing to know more about the founding and ratification of the Constitution.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No table of contents? April 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This free Kindle edition of The Federalist (listing James Madison as first author) has a rather significant shortcoming: it has no table of contents. Since one generally reads the essays in The Federalist by topic (e.g. Federalist No. 10, or No. 51), the lack of a navigation tools is a real shortcoming. Fortunately, the free Amazon edition that lists John Jay as the first author does have a navigable table of contents that jumps directly to the desired essay.

The formatting of this (Madison) edition is also a bit odd. In the heading for each essay, rather than using bold font for the number or the topic, the only words appearing in bold is the author's name. That said, if you simply want to read the essays from front to back, this one will do the trick.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A stripped down edition the The Federalist Papers April 25, 2009
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Given my inexorably advancing age, my eyes are not what they used to be. I therefore welcome this version of "The Federalist Papers" in that while not a "large print" edition, the print IS larger and easier to read than elsewhere.

The book is of good quality and I expect it to last at least as long as me. The only reason I gave this edition four stars instead of five is that there is absolutely NO commentary. Many may declare this a feature and not a bug. However, new as I am to the actual text of these famous essays, a little guidance (if only a simple introduction) may have been helpful.

That said, there is endless commentary available from other sources including readily accessible material on the internet so this really isn't a problem.

I wanted a quality, hard copy edition of these essays and I got it.

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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
By Kiwi
There are different versions of this book available, and somehow Books LLC has managed to get the reviews associated with a better quality imprint associated with their book. BE WARNED. Books LLC is a wing of a company called VDM Publishing which, among other things, specialises in automated scanning in of copyright-free books, they print these cheaply, with no editing, no checking the text, there own website says there may be missing pages and they do no manual checking, there's no table of contents. Etc. The Books LLC version is basically VERY low quality.

Check carefully what you're buying or you may end up with a book that surprises you. If you have been taken in and ended up with one of these books from "Books LLC", Amazon will take Returns within 30 days (check there Returns Policy first....).
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141 of 161 people found the following review helpful
...please boycott Wilder Publications edition,there are many others to choose from. Why? Well,check out the disclaimer Wilder has stuck onto the words of Madison, Hamilton and Jay, thereby earning one star:

"This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work."

Yup. The Federalist now merits a warning label. The young cannot be trusted not to draw dangerous conclusions from the subversive, dangerous ideas therein, such as limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review,dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For A College Political Science Course.
I audited a Political Science course at BYU Hawaii during the winter semester and found this a great learning experience. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by V M
5.0 out of 5 stars Really? There are reviews for this?
I got this as a referance text. It's nice to be able to throw facts into the faces of re-posting internet idiots who have no real idea what they are talking about.
Published 1 month ago by Alfred D. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Federalist Papers
I give it five stars simply for historical reasons . If you care about history especially the history of America then this is a must have document.
Published 3 months ago by JEAN GRUNDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Met all expectations
The Federalist Papers reinforces what the founding fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution of the United States of America. Execellent resource.
Published 3 months ago by shelm
5.0 out of 5 stars The wisdom and deep knowledge of human nature created this collection...
First of all, thank You very, very much for the súper and excellent price. I can only afford a few minutes each day to read therefore my review cannot be complete. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margarita Durand-Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars "Federal" - huh?
Amazing historical documents providing the basis for our country. Too bad most pubic schools don't even have a copy in the library - and the results are obvious. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dixie's Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars patriots
What's not to like about the incredible statesmen who wrote our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We need some like them now!!
Published 3 months ago by Sharon E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Federalist Papers.
The Federalist Papers are among the most important documents in US history. They were originally published as 85 separate articles in newspapers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Morris L. Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Again, complicated.
The way people constructed their wordings back then make it tough to understand, but all in all, it's good. Read more
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