The Original Argument

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


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 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 and

Joshua Charlesis the coauthor, with Glenn Beck, of the No. 1"New York Times"bestselling book"Original Argument: Federalists Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century". Charles leads the Rediscovery Project at the Public Policy Institute of William Jessup University, is a member of the Council for National Policy, an Israel Experience Scholar, a public speaker who has spoken nationwide and around the globe, a columnist, a concert pianist, and a proud member of his beloved fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX). He is currently earning his law degree at the Regent University School of Law, and is one of the rising articulate voices of the millennial generation.

Praise For The Original Argument

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