James Madison

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Basic Books, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 287 pages
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James Madison led one of the most influential and prolific lives in American history, and his story?although all too often overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries?is integral to that of the nation. Madison helped to shape our country as perhaps no other Founder: collaborating on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, resisting government overreach by assembling one of the nationOCOs first political parties (the Republicans, who became todayOCOs Democrats), and taking to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat.

In this penetrating biography, eminent historian Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the ?Father of the Constitution, OCO an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished AmericansOCO fledgling liberty and vigorously defended the laws that have preserved it to this day.


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User Review  - Jimmy Reagan - Goodreads

Prolific writer Richard Brookhiser tackles President James Madison in this short biography. Though the writing skills I have come to respect in Brookhiser are present, this volume is not quite as good ... Read full review

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User Review  - Evan Brandt - Goodreads

For those who know little about our fourth president, this is a good start. I knew some, so it was helpful, but I finished the book wanting more. This is ironic as I bought it at Montpelier after much ... Read full review


CHAPTER TWO The Constitution
CHAPTER SIX Wilderness Years

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Richard Brookhiser is Senior Editor of the National Review and the author of nine books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington; Alexander Hamilton, American; America’s First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735–1918; and Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. Brookhiser also wrote and hosted the PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington. He lives in New York City.

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