James Madison

James Madison

by Richard Brookhiser
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James Madison by Richard Brookhiser

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 nation’s first political parties (the Republicans, who became today’s 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,” an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans’ fledgling liberty and vigorously defended the laws that have preserved it to this day.

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ISBN-13: 9780465019830
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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James Madison 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished the book yet, but so far it is what I like in a biography. I like to get to know the person not just his or her accomplishments. It is easy to read. Sometimes when there is too much quoting in 19th century language I lose interest. Mr. Brookhiser takes most of the quotes and interprets them making the language easier to understand and read.
ZachWilliams More than 1 year ago
A brief but insightful biography. An enjoyable & worthwhile read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good adaptation of a sometimes forgotten founder.
Iluvwords More than 1 year ago
This biography describes a man who was a genius and a visionary and yet he was honest about the flaws of our system of government and of large and unsolved issues of this time. He, as did the rest of the founding fathers, recognized the greatest problem and contradiction in the reality and the dream and yet they could not bring themselves to solve a problem that would persist for another 50 years and require a great and terrible civil war. I would like to have gotten more insight into the relationship between James and Dolley but i enjoyed what was offered. The author showed, I think the Madison as he was.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a sketch of the man and moves fast. It is nominally held together by an interesting theme: that Madison is the father of modern politics. Unfortunately, the theme seems to disappear for significant stretches, and it is not convincing in other parts. Still, in this election season, the political machinations of the founding generation provide timely perspective on the "divisive partisanship" of our time.
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This book is very poorly written and there is no sign the did any research.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did I did a biography on him!!!!!