James Madison: A Biography

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University of Virginia Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 753 pages
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The best one volume biography of Madison’s life, Ketcham’s biography not only traces Madison’s career, it gives readers a sense of the man. As Madison said of his early years in Virginia under the study of Donald Robertson, who introduced him to thinkers like Montaigne and Montesquieu, "all that I have been in life I owe largely to that man." It also captures a side of Madison that is less rarely on display (including a portrait of the beautiful Dolley Madison).

 

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This book is so long I'm afraid I'm going to forget the beginning before I get to the end, so I am going to take notes as I go along. So far I have read the first three chapters, covering Early ... Read full review

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I finished James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Ketcham. It took me months to get through it. The author really liked his subject, and seemed to constantly be making excuses for him. Although he did ... Read full review

Contents

I
1
II
8
III
25
IV
51
V
68
VI
88
VII
112
VIII
144
XIII
304
XIV
337
XV
369
XVI
391
XVII
408
XVIII
441
XIX
474
XX
534

IX
174
X
190
XI
231
XII
270
XXI
573
XXII
613
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About the author (1990)

Ralph Ketcham is Professor of American Studies, Political Science, and Public Affairs, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. His most recent publications are Presidents above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829 and Individualism and Public Life: An American Dilemma.

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