James Madison by Richard Brookhiser

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...captures the delicate, complex and important ideas Madison formed and the lengths he went to to see to fruition the events that have contributed to the success of the experiment of a republic.
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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 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.

 

About Richard Brookhiser

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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.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Basic Books. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 01 2011

A useful introduction to a man who is often outshone by his presidential predecessors but who nevertheless was instrumental in creating our modern political system.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by RICHARD BEEMAN on Oct 28 2011

...Brookhiser effectively argues that Madison, by melding his knowledge of political theory with shrewd political instincts, deserves a place close to the top of the list of America’s most successful politicians.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by ARAM BAKSHIAN JR. on Oct 13 2011

Richard Brookhiser...conveys the man in full and files a strong paternity suit pointing to Madison as the father of American politics.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicole Russell on Sep 23 2011

...captures the delicate, complex and important ideas Madison formed and the lengths he went to to see to fruition the events that have contributed to the success of the experiment of a republic.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Gregory May

Brookhiser’s description of Madison’s long 16 years in power, first as Jefferson’s secretary of state and then as president, is lively and full of incident.

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Thomas Daly

James Madison is a solid work, at times a rather enjoyable read.

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Look At OKC

Excellent
Reviewed by Dennie Hall on Nov 13 2011

To those who love history coupled with politics, here is a chance to become wiser while enjoying doing so.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Ragone on Oct 09 2011

In the slim, slightly footnoted volume, Brookhiser...offers a new perspective on Madison as the father of American politics, an often overlooked part of his legacy.

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The New Republic

Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Rakove on Oct 26 2011

...Brookhiser brings an admirable appreciation of the political realities in which Madison operated to every chapter, and that appreciation in turn reflects his own incisive grasp of Madison’s significance.

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The Roanoke Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Ramsey on Dec 11 2011

Brookhiser’s prose is so entertaining that it is likely that a reader with no interest in Madison would enjoy this book.

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