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The Original Argument: The Federalists' by [Beck, Glenn]
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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, 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4473 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ5R6
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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This book does exactly what it claims to do. It updates the language of key Federalist Papers, so they can be read and understood by modern readers, without changing the meaning of the text - a very difficult task. The book also (as promised) shows why the Federalist Papers (the "oringinal argument" for the Constitution of the United States) are relevant to current political disputes.

So why only four stars and not five?

That is because this work assumes the Federalist Papers to be correct (and the anti Federalist position to be wrong), whereas a case could be made that the growth of government in the United States (the decline of the Republic) is not entirely due to the disregarding or distortion of the Constitution by "Progressives", but that it is also (in part) due to certain real flaws in the Constitution itself which modern collectivists have taken advantage of. Flaws that the Antifederalists pointed to and that the Federalists denied. Of course there were various different "Antifederalist" positions - but the basic case was that the Constitution set up the STRUCTURE (with, for example, the House of Representatives and the President being elected in proportion to the population of the States - thus undermining the principle that the States were equals and that most things should be decided at local and State level, not Federal level) of a strong national government and that to expect this STRUCTURE not to be used (at some time) to go beyond (way beyond) the FUNCTIONS the Founders set out for the Federal givernment.
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Awful book written by a ghostwriter. Don't waste your money on Glenn Beck ghostwriter books. You are better off spending your money on other books. This one is awfully written and make no sense.
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