Reviews for Essential Federalist : A New Reading of the Federalist Papers


Book News Reviews
A new approach to the reading and study of The Federalist Papers, this volume makes this key document accessible to the modern reader by reducing The Federalist to approximately one-fifth of its original length, eliminating sections which are incidental to the text or irrelevant to today's reader, and organizing the remaining material by topic headings (e.g. Federalism, separation of powers and checks and balances, political economy) rather than chronologically as originally published. An excellent introduction for new students of American history to this important but little-read work. Paper edition (61-3), $16.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Library Journal Reviews 1998 December #1
Taylor (The Other Machiavelli: Republican Writings by the Author of "The Prince," Univ. of America, 1998) offers a genuinely new and intriguing approach to The Federalist?the 85 articles written in 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to persuade Americans to ratify the new Constitution. He notes that The Federalist ranks in importance with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and yet is rarely read today by average citizens because of its length and its dense, archaic language. He has therefore culled the most important sections and pasted them together by topic in nine different chapters. Purists might object to this Reader's Digest approach, but Taylor is a scrupulous scholar who organizes the material carefully. The book contains a lengthy, informative introduction as well as substantial endnotes. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.?Thomas J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., NY Copyright 1998 Cahners Business Information.

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