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No justification is needed for a new biography of James Madison (1751-1836). This energetic Virginian was not only our fourth president; he was also a main contributor to The Federalist Papers, the principal writer of the Constitution, and the author of the Bill Rights. As Jefferson's Secretary of State, he oversaw the vast Louisiana Purchase and as president, he guided the country through the maelstrom of the War of 1812. This life by respected biographer Richard Brookhiser (Alexander Hamilton; Right Place, Right Time; Founding Father) describes Madison's numerous achievements but also delves into his less august strategic use of vitriolic political journals. A brief, yet illuminating biography of a major U.S. chief executive; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.