Martin Diamond, 1916 - 1977

Madison, Hamilton, Jay. And Martin Diamond, whose essays continue what The Federalist Papers launched, the tradition of profound reflections about America’s political promises. Although Diamond’s life ended tragically early, his essays comprise a rounded philosophy, the subtlety of which would have pleased Publius himself.

— George Will


Martin Diamond was born in New York City in 1919 and died in Washington, D.C., in 1977. Before World War II, Diamond attended college only briefly. Nevertheless, after wartime service, he was admitted in 1950, on the basis of his self-education, as a graduate student in the Department of Political Science, University of Chicago, earning the A.M. in 1952 and Ph.D. in 1956.
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When Martin Diamond decided to collect his essays of some twenty years into a single volume, he selected as its title As Far as Republican Principles Will Admit. That selection was the only piece of guidance he left for those whose task it became to finish the project after his sudden and tragic death in 1977.
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