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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 an alternate 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Question! As of 10/10/15, when I review the comments of the "Anti-Federalist Papers", all I see are the comments for the "Federalist Papers". How is that possible?Published 2 days ago by Troy J. Grice
Who would not gain by reading and re-reading this American classic! It belongs in every library or on every coffee table!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent read for today's politicians. I'm sure many of them read this book in undergraduate school, but not many of them have followed the logic for unity expressed by... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ginny
I cannot learn enough about the country our forefathers set forth. I am afraid we as a nation are losing that because we are basically un or mis informed.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
THE gold standard for teachers of the roots of the Constitution.Published 11 days ago by Andrew J Rowe
Can you really like the Federalist Papers? The second and third star is for how well Kesler compiled the papers and the phenominal intro.Published 20 days ago by JakeRW