The Original Argument

The Federalists' Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century

By Glenn Beck; Joshua Charles; Kevin Balfe (Contribution by)
(Threshold Editions, Paperback, 9781451650617, 430pp.)

Publication Date: June 14, 2011

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Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Times bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.

Adapting a selection of these essential essays—pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.

About the Author
Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio and former Fox News television show host, is the author of "Being George Washington, Broke, The 7, " and 7 #1 "New York Times" bestsellers: "An Inconvenient Book", "The Christmas Sweater", "Glenn Beck's Common Sense", "Arguing with Idiots, The Original Argument", the children's version of "The Christmas Sweater", and "The Overton Window". He is also the author of "The Real America" and publisher of "Blaze "online. Visit

Joshua Charles is the co-author, with Glenn Beck, of "New York Times" best-selling book "The Original Argument". A fellow at the Public Policy Institute of William Jessup University, he earned his M.A. in Government at Regent University. In addition to being a columnist and speaker who has appeared throughout the U.S. and around the world, Mr. Charles is a concert pianist. He is currently earning a law degree.

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