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What book does David Barton say you should read if you love your country?:

"The Original Argument is an incredibly important book not only for the times in which we live, but for future generations of Americans as well. It brings the message of our Founders to our ears again, loud and clear, and in a way that more people can understand and apply. The Federalist Papers are essential reading to anyone who seeks to understand our Constitution, and this re-working of this classic American text represents a monumental achievement. Anyone who loves their country, seeks to understand our history and our Constitution better, and who wants to pass down the American heritage to their children and grandchildren, should own and study this book." --David Barton,  New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Lies

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Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a thirteen-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Conform, Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.
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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Original edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650617
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of thirteen #1 bestselling books. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint (www.mercuryink.com) that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

Glenn can be found on the web at www.glennbeck.com and www.theblaze.com.

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No matter what you think of his politics, you have to admire Glenn Beck's willingness to explore territory that other pundits (on the right and left) have shrugged off or ignored. The Federalist Papers fall into that category. Often regarded as archaic and irrelevant, the `Original Argument' for a Constitution and federal government has often been overlooked by modern theorists. Glenn Beck does a fine job of resurrecting them, and breathing life into them once again.

So, why are they so important, and what is the original argument any way? As Beck states in the introduction, "What the Federalist Papers offer to us today is a guide to understanding the Founders' core constitutional principles, the theories behind their words, the why, the where and how of the foundation of America." Beck clearly esteems the Founding Fathers, and finds the Federalist Papers to be of their core work.

What I find most interesting is the even-handedness Beck levies. The Federalists are known to have been pro-federal government, which in today's climate is allied with Democrats and modern liberals and against Republicans and conservatives. For instance, much of Hamilton's rhetoric is used today in defense of widespread government intervention, especially with regard to fiscal and monetary policy.

But rather than denouncing the Federalists as monarchists or totalitarians, as some on the political right might be inclined to do, Beck is willing to honestly examine their work and analyze it in its context. What the reader finds is that, though some Federalist concepts certainly were statist in their effect, the core ideas are arguably the core ideas of the political right--minimum government and maximum freedom.
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What makes America truly exceptional?

Few understand that America's Constitution was created during a time of relative peace, and through the thoughtful deliberation of men dedicated to the establishment of a Republic that would provide security and liberty for its citizens. This itself is rather unique in history.

Having met for the purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation (the original document that bound the 13 colonies / states together during and after the successful Revolution, these patriots soon agreed that an entire NEW document was needed to establish our democratic republic. After laboring through a long, hot summer in Philadelphia, they produced the Constitution of the United States of America as a complete replacement for the Articles of Confederation.

Provisions in the Constitution required ratification by the states. While a majority of states quickly ratified the document, the State of New York suffered political factions strongly opposed to this document, making ratification by New York very much in doubt.

Under the pen name of "Publius," John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison wrote a series of short essays addressing the arguments against the adoption of the new Constitution and their rationale in its favor. These essays were published in a number of New York newspapers and other publications, and are commonly known as "The Federalist Papers," or simply, "The Federalist."

Where the original documents are written in the convoluted, difficult to understand 18th century English, these (arguably the most important) essays have been "translated" into modern day American English, and are thus easy to read and understand.
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Glenn Beck, has a unique ability to simplify things and deliver a message that spark thought and action. If I had to sum up the gift and calling that Glenn has exhibited in his career, I would say, Glenn has a love for traditions and principals and a desire to deliver these treasures to the nation in the language and thought process of today.

You may have read the Federalist Papers in the past, but this book will shed new light and greater understanding. The book provides clarification of the founding fathers original intent, and will open your eyes to how far our current government has strayed from its constitutional boundaries.

I highly recommend the book.

James Garton
Author of The U.S. Constitution For Christians
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I bought this because my daugther has to read the Federalist Papers for school and I recently had read through many of them myself and struggled with the language. After reading through the first few chapters, I was glad to see how easy it was to understand.
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A very good book for understanding the Federalist papers. Glenn has provided some a very interesting read, one that shows exactly how the authors of the federalist papers were attempting to convince the citizens to ratify the Constitution.
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The original federalist papers are nearly lost in evolving language. The original writer's word usage, phraseology and general grammar are less clear in many instances than that of other founding documents. These can ramble. In the 21st century, they must be `translated/interpreted' for the reader like an ancient text.

Step back from the hyperbole and consider the originals in their text:
1. The language is obtuse in the 21st century. Language evolves rapidly in every dimension over 250 years. Language changes in significant ways between generations.

2. Webster's dictionary attempted to codify American English only in 1828. Webster's 'A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language', appeared in 1806 in the earliest attempt to standardize spelling. What % of the 21st century public would even know what a "Compendious" might be? None of Webster's effort to normalize English was in operation when the papers were written.

3. The federalist papers were written under pseudonyms in a rancorous political environment and attempted to elucidate high political, nearly utopian concept as free of politics as might be rendered from 1787-1788. There was limited, regional, common agreement on critical language terms among the 13 independent states, North to South and trust was lacking and overcompensated with abundant words. The various papers objectives was to establish an anonymous source structure to pull the wholly divergent southern and northern colonies into cohesion. The 85 papers were unbounded by linguistic convention and with words that often have diametric definitional usage in the 21st century.

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