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A leading thinker recommends five books about their field of interest. This month, the topic is compassionate conservatism, chosen by Karl Rove, a former White House adviser and deputy chief of staff to President George W Bush. He is now a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a contributor to Fox News

By Prospect   November 2010

The Federalist Papers (1788) By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison

This is a work of great philosophical theory about the nature of the American government. It was really a series of essays written under anonymous names and published in various newspapers in an attempt to garner support for the proposed constitution. It is a call for stronger ties that would allow 13 tenuous colonies perched on the eastern edge of a vast continent to become a great nation.

There’s a unity to it—and yet at the same time it shows some of the strains that would later become…

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