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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,641 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander Hamilton Narrator: Jim Killavey Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles, written between 1897 and 1888, advocating for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government.

The articles were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, under the pseudonym Publius. James Madison is generally credited as the father of the Constitution and became the fourth president of the United States. Alexander Hamilton was an active delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and became the first Secretary of the Treasury. John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the United States.

The following representative essays are included in this collection as well as the United States Constitution and the Amendments: Introduction, by Alexander Hamilton; Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence, by John Jay (in four parts); Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States, by Alexander Hamilton; The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States, by Alexander Hamilton; The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection, by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison; and more. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/15/2014

    " Truly these essays are must-reads if we want to perpetuate the freedom that our Founding Fathers envisioned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete Jarvis | 1/28/2014

    " Everyone should read this books. A brilliant study of politics in all its forms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick John | 1/25/2014

    " If you have ever wondered for even a moment how this nation got here. This is a quick read and a susinct explanation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 1/22/2014

    " I think the thing that struck me most was the emphasis on things we no longer do (tariffs) and the total lack of mention of things we think are a big deal (immigration). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MET | 1/19/2014

    " Hard reading - but SO telling "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 1/12/2014

    " Excellent. Interesting to hear the differing perspectives of what kind of government the founding fathers were looking at forming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Sedivy | 12/28/2013

    " I started reading this to learn what the founders of our nation intended when they put together the Constitution. It took me a long time to work through it. The Federalist papers are not an easy read! However, glad to have completed the task. Some of the things I've learned: our present federal government is too big. Most of the power was to reside in the states, closer to the people. The Presidency is too big, through a bloated executive branch. The military is too big; needing to be just big enough to protect us from foreign encroachments. One faction (political party) having dominance of the Legislature and the Executive is dangerous. Dangerous laws (dangerous to the rights of the people) are too easily rushed through when there is no competent opposition. It was intended the Legislature would be gridlocked with the Executive, requiring discussion, debate, and consensus building. Long detailed debates gets all the various sides of an issues exposed, and the will of the people can be learned and known. The men who built our Constitution were truly men of vision, and geniuses. It is a miraculous document. It must be protected and cherished! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 12/27/2013

    " Praise God I'm an American. One should not be able to graduate public high schools without mastery of Basic Economics & The Federalist Papers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle Marie Veronica | 12/27/2013

    " I LOVE THESE. I have no idea why. But I do. Well, I suppose I am of the opinion that Alexander Hamilton was a genius. Seriously. I love that man. But anyway, I majorly enjoyed reading these. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 trivialchemy | 12/27/2013

    " The quintessential primary source reading for anyone interested in comprehending the formation of the American government and, especially (obviously) its federal structure. Man, these guys were smart. "

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    " Indispensable. A must-read. "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Peterson | 5/30/2013

    " An important collection of papers, published during the Constitutional debate in the late 1980s to try to persuade people to support adoption of the document. It presents important insights into the authors' thinking about this foundational document. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Burhans | 5/29/2013

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 5/21/2013

    " There's no better way to understand the intentions of America's Founding Fathers than to read them from the writings of the Founding Fathers themselves. An absolute must read for ALL Americans to understand the role of our Federal and State governments as well as what we stand for as a Union. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin Rosni | 4/5/2013

    " Props for your Constitution, even if it did sort of fail a hundred years later. Wordy and dry, but packed with important content. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/7/2012

    " this was hard for me to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint Hubler | 10/23/2012

    " This is foundational for an understanding of U.S. political science. I didn't give it five stars because it is not light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ki | 8/30/2012

    " Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand American history. Get it strait from the horse's mouth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Chesser-McMichael | 8/11/2012

    " This book is a foundation on which America was built, but it's very boring. It's good to read but if i didn't have to read it for school I probably would never have picked it up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LauraLee | 5/14/2012

    " Makes you think about the number of details and struggles that were required to develop the United States of America and the Constitution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/9/2012

    " This is a great work to read, but I found that it took effort to keep with it and finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 8/20/2011

    " Red some of the book, not all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rylan McQuade | 7/16/2011

    " If only this could appear in today's newspapers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fredrick | 6/20/2011

    " Essays by the supporting passage of the bill of rights. Gives some surprises as to why these amendments to the Constitution and what their real purposes are. A must read for every American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bre | 6/13/2011

    " A MUST read for every American!
    Go on...get to it!
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jean | 4/12/2011

    " The Federalists won.

    I haven't read these in ten years. I think it is time for a revisit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 3/11/2011

    " If you ever wonder if our founding fathers knew what they were doing the book answers that question. Sheer brilliance. You will end up knowing far more about our constitution then they ever taught in school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/21/2011

    " This is a great work to read, but I found that it took effort to keep with it and finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/10/2011

    " The perfect book to help you understand our foundational document. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 12/14/2010

    " Excellent way to get into the minds of the American Revolution. The Constitution becomes clear once you step into the eloquent and radical shoes of the framers of the U.S. Constitution and the Revolutionary war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 robert | 11/4/2010

    " Said to be required reading- and you haven't read it have you? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Devin | 10/11/2010

    " Props for your Constitution, even if it did sort of fail a hundred years later. Wordy and dry, but packed with important content. "

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Author Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) was a Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America’s first constitutional lawyers, and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. After serving in the Revolutionary War, he was elected to the Continental Congress, ultimately resigning to establish the Bank of New York. Hamilton was a main contributor to the influential Federalist Papers, a collection of essays written by himself, John Jay, and James Madison. He was mortally wounded in a famous duel with presidential candidate Aaron Burr.