Explaining America

Explaining America

The Federalist

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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140298390
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Now with a new introduction–award-winning historian Garry Wills’s definitive analysis of the Federalist Papers

In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison published what remains perhaps the greatest example of political journalism in the English language–the Federalist Papers. Written to urge ratification of the Constitution, the eighty-five essays–trenchant in thought and graceful in expression–defended the Constitution not merely as a theoretical statement but as a practical instrument of rule. Now updated with a new introduction, Garry Wills‘s classic study subjects these essays to rigorous analysis, illuminating, as only he can, their significance in the development of the philosophy on which our government is based.

Explaining America

Explaining America

Garry Wills

Praise

Now with a new introduction–award-winning historian Garry Wills’s definitive analysis of the Federalist Papers

In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison published what remains perhaps the greatest example of political journalism in the English language–the Federalist Papers. Written to urge ratification of the Constitution, the eighty-five essays–trenchant in thought and graceful in expression–defended the Constitution not merely as a theoretical statement but as a practical instrument of rule. Now updated with a new introduction, Garry Wills‘s classic study subjects these essays to rigorous analysis, illuminating, as only he can, their significance in the development of the philosophy on which our government is based.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue

Part One: The “Hamiltonian” Madison
1. Annapolis
2. Nassau Hall
3. Opinion
4. Corruption
5. Construction

Part Two: The “Madisonian” Hamilton
6. Annapolis
7. King’s College
8. Commerce
9. Passions
10. Monarchy

Part Three: Checks and Balances (No. 51)
11. Mixed Government
12. Separated Powers
13. Checks
14. Legislative Supremacy: Hamilton
15. Judicial Review: Hamilton
16. Celebrated Maxim
17. Judicial Review: Madison
18. Legislative Supremacy: Madison
19. Sovereignty
20. Federalism

Part Four: Representation (No. 10)
21. Genius of the People
22. Virtue
23. Faction
24. Interest
25. Party
26. Extent of Territory
27. To Refine…
28. …and Enlarge
29. Diffusive Character
30. The Third Publius
31. Accuracy

Epilogue
Key to Brief Citations
Topic Outline of The Federalist
Index to Federalist Numbers
Index to Phrases (No. 10)
Glossary
Index to Proper Names

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