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The Original Argument: The Federalists' [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Beck
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Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.

Adapting a selection of these essential essays—pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.

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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

About the Author

GLENN BECK is a nationally syndicated radio host, founder of GBTV, and the author of nine national bestselling books, seven of which reached the #1 position on the New York Times list: The Original Argument; Arguing with Idiots; Glenn Beck’s Common Sense; An Inconvenient Book; the novels The Overton Window and The Christmas Sweater; and the children’s book, The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book. His new holiday novel, The Snow Angel, is available in hardcover from Threshold Editions. Visit

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  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (June 14, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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390 of 450 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern take on a political classic June 14, 2011
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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100 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America is Exceptional June 21, 2011
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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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134 of 176 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource October 3, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glenn Beck explains it all. December 6, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read November 20, 2012
By Boomer
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This is one of Glenn Beck's best! I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to others! Great read!
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative June 23, 2011
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Not my favorite subject matter but this book is very informative. I would highly recommend this book to any one interested in learning more about the founding fathers. Knowing our history is important in todays climate. Our education system has been very successful in rewriting history. The more we know about our history from original documents, the more educated we are as citizens and voters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Argument
In my opinion Glen is a very accomplished writer. He has a way of presenting the facts
in an understandable way.
Published 23 days ago by Richard H. Magnano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Again, another good book that is so true. I enjoy reading about history and how it relates to our time.
Published 2 months ago by Karen A. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This covers most of the important letters involved in writing the Constitution of America in language all should be able to understand.
Published 3 months ago by Verwayne Greenhoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good listen
For us political , history junkies. It's a good way to learn and get background on the history of the Constitution and the men who wrote it.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca M Postell
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanable rewriting of the archaic originals
The founding fathers spoke an English somewhat different than that which we use today. Most of us won't take the time to research just what they meant when they used a word not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck is one of the best authors
This book is about some of the most important issues that faced our nation in the beginning and continue to this day. If you are a patriot and love America, it is a must read!
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey A. Nicol
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Fore-Fathers Knew what they were doing... you can't ignore their...
This book is a must read for all high school and college students who have never been given the opportunity to learn about the validity and substance in the Constitution.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Driskill
3.0 out of 5 stars The Anti-Federalists were the heros, not the Federalists
Glenn Beck makes some good arguments, but I think his focus is in the wrong place.
First, the Federalist Papers were written by only three of the Framers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Seth K Schmalz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I bought it to help me understand the Federalist Letters. Very happy with the book. Good addition for my library.
Published 4 months ago by Steven Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wonderful adaptation,all school children and everybody in the country should read it.Perfect for understanding the Divine guidance the fathers of the Constitution had and its... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lisandro A. del Cid
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More About the Author

Glenn Beck, a nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze, is the author of eleven #1 bestselling books: An Inconvenient Book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, The Christmas Sweater and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book, The Overton Window, Broke, The 7, The Original Argument, Cowards and Control. His other bestselling books include Miracles and Massacres, Agenda 21, The Real America, The Snow Angel and Being George Washington. Beck is also the publisher of Mercury Ink, a publishing imprint ( that, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster, released the #1 bestselling young adult series Michael Vey.

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