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The Republic: Conversations on Fundamentals Hardcover – June, 1980

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Charles A. Beard (1874-1948) is regarded as one of the most influential American historians in the first half of the twentieth century. He is famous for his evaluation of the founding fathers of the United States, who he believed were motivated by economics as opposed to philosophical principles. Some of his works include An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, Economic Origins of Jeffersonian Democracy, and The Administration and Politics of Tokyo.

Clyde W. Barrow is Chancellor Professor in the Policy Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where he also serves as director of the Center of Policy Analysis. His works include More than a Historian: The Political and Economic Thought of Charles A. Beard, Economic Impacts of the Textile and Apparel Industries in Massachusetts, and Globalisation, Trade Liberalisation, and Higher Education in North America: The Emergence of a New Market Under NAFTA? (with Sylvie Didou-Aupetit and John Mallea).


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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press (June 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313224110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313224119
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,360,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on May 15, 2012
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It's hard to find someone with the credentials of Charles Austin Beard. This book IS history even though it is about the history of our Constitution. I read this book at the recommendation of Jude Wanniski who was an advisor to Ronald Reagan. Beard was an authority on early supreme court actions and on the Constitution. In The Republic, he brings all his knowledge to the table by going through each piece of the Constitution an justifying its existence. He does this in a conversational way way inviting people into his living rooms to have discussions with them. Its as if today someone like Krauthammer invited folks like Gore, Madeline Albright, Harry Reid, etc into his living room to try to convince them of each of the pieces of a particular bill.

This book was good enough that I loaned it out to about 8 people at my office, all of which read it and appreciated it. For me, I love reading history books from the past that are free of some of the political correctness we find in todays textbooks. Because this book was written in the 1930's, absent are discussions about civil rights and other important constitutional events. But, for a book that really looks at the history of the constitution, this is your huckleberry.
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