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The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle Over Ratification. 2 Volumes Hardcover – 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2466 pages
  • Publisher: The Library of America; 1st edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094045081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940450813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rwizard VINE VOICE on July 29, 2009
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Of all the books I have owned over the years, these volumes may be my favorites. Every time I hear some half-witted "talking head" on television talking about how the framers of the Constitution could never have anticipated this or that set of circumstances, I think of these books, and the fact that, yes, in truth, they did. They were a unique group of brilliant minds, working for the common good. If you ever doubted this, or the vision that they had for the course of this nation, read these excellent works. But be forewarned, it may challenge the prejudices instilled in you by modern media and pop culture.
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I purchased this two book set many years ago upon their being first published. Today I searched Amazon to see if perhaps they had been published into Kindle format. No luck apparently.

However, this is my chance to give the set five stars, as when first published I studied them in detail and found them absolutely invaluable for an excellent understanding of the pros and cons very eloquently expressed on the question of approving our constitution. The men who are recorded in these works demonstrated an intelligence which would appear to be lacking in our current and recent crop of political leaders. These authors, both for and against exhibited amazing foresight into what could be experienced in our future (from their time frame). And, they were right.

These books should be required reading for our students, and a real understanding of trade offs, risks and benefits of governmental considerations would be made very clear. Of course, such education will never happen.

With few exceptions, anyone reading these works will be surprised at the depth of thinking, regardless of which side of the question they stood, exhibited by these sincere forefathers It's an eye opener. Many of these men were absolutely brilliant and with a sincerity not found today, or in my memory, of our politicians.
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By zwad1011 on February 28, 2012
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Everyone should have a copy of these books. There is always argument of what the Constitution meant, there shouldn't be: for it clearly states the founders intent withing these pages. I will admit that this book is not easy reading. Theses are documented debates by people with a shared knowledge base, but after reading for awhile the ideas behind the arguments become self evident. I think every American should own a copy, and these debates should be taught in high school. Then people will see that the right to free speech does not include assault and destruction of property. This book is a good investment by any standard. Beautifully made and guaranteed to last a long time, this book will see much use by any who choose to buy it. In summation I am very happy with both the book and the sender. The book arrived timely and in good condition, the sender even notified me that the shrink wrap was a bit shelf worn. This product amply deserves the five stars I gave it, and I would give it fifty if I could. G-d bless America.
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I got this 2-book set for an outstanding price. In addition, I was delighted to find that the set had never before been opened. These hardbound books also have a bookmark ribbon attached to the binding. They are beautiful, well-made books, each bound in its own hard sleeve. I am so very pleased with this purchase.
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