James Madison

James Madison

A Life Reconsidered

Book - 2014
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"This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states--so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers--helped shape the country Americans live in today. Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country's history--the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson's secretary of state, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence--and remain a republic still"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670025190
0670025194
Branch Call Number: 973.51092 M2657C 2014
Characteristics: x, 564 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Vincent T Lombardo May 12, 2016

Excellent biography of our Fourth President! Lynne Cheney is not a riveting storyteller like David McCullough or Doris Kearns Goodwin, but she writes lucidly, often elegantly, toggling between Madison the public figure and Madison the man. With 458 pages of text, this book is comprehensive, but not overlong. However, I have one cavil: Cheney often engages in what Barbara Tuchman called "spontaneous attribution" or the "he must have" style of historical writing, i.e., she often speculates about what people thought or what they did, but all of her speculation is plausible. As I said, it is just a cavil. This book is well worth reading. I learned a lot!

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