Madison and Jefferson (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 28, 2010 - History - 809 pages
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“[A] monumental dual biography . . . a distinguished work, combining deep research, a pleasing narrative style and an abundance of fresh insights, a rare combination.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
The third and fourth presidents have long been considered proper gentlemen, with Thomas Jefferson’s genius overshadowing James Madison’s judgment and common sense. But in this revelatory book about their crucial partnership, both are seen as men of their times, hardboiled operatives in a gritty world of primal politics where they struggled for supremacy for more than fifty years. With a thrilling and unprecedented account of early America as its backdrop, Madison and Jefferson reveals these founding fathers as privileged young men in a land marked by tribal identities rather than a united national personality. Esteemed historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg capture Madison’s hidden role—he acted in effect as a campaign manager—in Jefferson’s career. In riveting detail, the authors chart the courses of two very different presidencies: Jefferson’s driven by force of personality, Madison’s sustained by a militancy that history has been reluctant to ascribe to him.
 
Supported by a wealth of original sources—newspapers, letters, diaries, pamphlets—Madison and Jefferson is a watershed account of the most important political friendship in American history.
 
“Enough colorful characters for a miniseries, loaded with backstabbing (and frontstabbing too).”—Newsday
 
“An important, thoughtful, and gracefully written political history.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
  

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The lives of two of the Virginia dynasty presidents are examined in tandem, revealing a unique double portrait of their personalities, thinking, and political approaches as legislators, administrators ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Eckman - Goodreads

A great look at two of our founding fathers, much more sophisticated and less worshipful than early versions. Madison and Jefferson are two contrasting characters that play well against each other. While still not my favorites among the founders, an important pair in early American politics. Read full review

Contents

Partners Apart 17821786
89
The Division of Power 1787
133
S The Addition of Rights 17881789
166
THE PATHOLOGICAL DECADE AND BEYOND
209
Party Spirit 1793
253
The Effects 0FV1iskcy on Reputation 17941795
281
Danger Real or Prctcndcd 17961799
307
Inhaling Republicanism 18001802
349
Years oFSl1ism Days of Dread 18051808 4 26
466
Road Out of Var 18131816
517
Madison Lives to Tell the Tale 18171836
566
Thawing Out the Hisro1ic 1l Imagination
615
Acknowledgments
645
Bibliography
755
Index
781
Copyright

The Embryo of a Great Empire 18031804
387

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About the author (2010)

 
Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg are Charles P. Manship Professor of History and professor of history, respectively, at Louisiana State University. Burstein is the author of six other books on early America, including The Passions of Andrew Jackson and Jefferson’s Secrets. Isenberg is the author of two prizewinning books, Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr and Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America.

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