Explaining America: The Federalist by Garry WillsExplaining America: The Federalist by Garry Wills

Explaining America: The Federalist

byGarry WillsForeword byGarry Wills

Paperback | April 1, 2001

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Look out for a new book from Garry Wills, What The Qur'an Meant, coming fall 2017.

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.

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Ev...
Title:Explaining America: The FederalistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140298398

ISBN - 13:9780140298390

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Table of Contents


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

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

Editorial Reviews

"Rewarding reading . . . A great contribution in helping us remember the time of the Federalist." 
--Chicago Sun-Times

"To read the Federalist afresh, as Wills has done, is to have hope renewed."
--The New Republic