Glenn’s new book The Original Argument is now available, and this morning Glenn provided a little insight into how the book came to be.
Would you believe that he had help from a bunch of co-eds?
Yes, that’s right, Joshua Charles and a few of his fraternity friends felt the need to translate the Federalist Papers into modern English. And instead of sitting around waiting for someone else to do something, Charles and his friends took the initiative and proved that miracles really do happen.
Charles always had the intent of trying to get his work to Glenn, but because of the massive amounts of mail received each day, and the fact that Glenn is technically not allowed to accept manuscripts, the odds were not in his favor, but then came Wilmington.
After watching the Wilmington TV special, Charles knew that he had to get to Wilmington that weekend. While there, he and his friends visited the 24-hour prayer room where they quickly made an impression on the lady who runs it.
“The following Monday is the Monday that we happened to call Wilmington, and we called the prayer house and said, we want to do a show about some of the miracles,” Glenn recounted. The owner proceeded to tell Glenn about the wonderful encounter she had with Charles and his friends.
The story is nothing short of a miracle. “We call them, we fly them in. I don’t know that he has written the Federalist Papers for the last year and a half. We fly them in, and he walks up to me, as he gets on the set, and he’s in the audience and he said, Mr. Beck, I heard you say someone should rewrite the Federalist Papers, and he said, I have, and I’ve been trying to get them to you for a while. Here. And he handed them to me.”
As it turns out, Charles’ translation was right on point. “I stayed up late and read them and you can understand the Federalist Papers,” Glenn said. “Now, we have taken his work and we have gotten with experts and we have gone over every single word and we have also changed it and made it even easier to read.” Glenn then took Charles’s revised translations and put them in context to show how they apply today.
Not only has Charles provided a glimmer of hope for the future of this country as a college student willing to stand up for what he believes in, but it is a testament to the power of just how far a little bit of hard work and faith can go.
The Original Argument is now available for as low as $7.99 in bookstores nationwide.