The Essential Federalist: A New Reading of the Federalist Papers

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Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Quentin P. Taylor, John Jay
Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - History - 183 pages
Jefferson called The Federalist 'the best commentary on the principles of government which was ever written, ' and yet the text is considered lifeless and impenetrable by all but the most persistent readers. The Essential Federalist presents a bold new approach to reading one of the most important documents in American history. By careful selection, organization, and annotation of the essays' most meaningful passages, this book showcases what is central to The Federalist. 'If the road over which you will still have to pass, ' in reading these papers, wrote Publius, 'should in some places appear to you tedious or irksome, you will recollect that you are in quest of information on a subject the most momentous which can engage the attention of free people. . . . It will be my aim to remove the obstacles to your progress in as compendious a manner as it can be done, without sacrificing utility to dispatch.' Dr. Quentin P. Taylor takes up Publius' challenge by making The Federalist an understandable and usable resource. This book will be essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the roots of American governmen

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Taylor observes that seldom is Publius studied alongside other classical political theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau -- perhaps because Publius is not one person, perhaps because The ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Of First and Last Things
The Science of Politics
Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances
Republicanism Representation and the Legislature
The Executive Branch and the Presidency
Law and the Judiciary
Political Economy
Domestic Tranquility and the Common Defense

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Quentin P. Taylor is author of The Other Machiavelli: Republican Writings by the Author of 'The Prince' and The Republic of Genius: A Reconstruction of Nietzsche's Early Thought.

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