Madison and Jefferson by Andrew Burstein

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History professors Burstein and Isenberg relish the contrasts, similarities and symbiosis of the third and fourth presidents. Physically, their differences were striking: Jefferson
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“[A] monumental dual biography . . . a distinguished work, combining deep research, a pleasing narrative style and an abundance of fresh insights, a rare combination.”—The Dallas Morning News
 
The third and fourth presidents have long been considered proper gentlemen, with Thomas Jefferson’s genius overshadowing James Madison’s judgment and common sense. But in this revelatory book about their crucial partnership, both are seen as men of their times, hardboiled operatives in a gritty world of primal politics where they struggled for supremacy for more than fifty years. With a thrilling and unprecedented account of early America as its backdrop, Madison and Jefferson reveals these founding fathers as privileged young men in a land marked by tribal identities rather than a united national personality. Esteemed historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg capture Madison’s hidden role—he acted in effect as a campaign manager—in Jefferson’s career. In riveting detail, the authors chart the courses of two very different presidencies: Jefferson’s driven by force of personality, Madison’s sustained by a militancy that history has been reluctant to ascribe to him.
 
Supported by a wealth of original sources—newspapers, letters, diaries, pamphlets—Madison and Jefferson is a watershed account of the most important political friendship in American history.
 
“Enough colorful characters for a miniseries, loaded with backstabbing (and frontstabbing too).”—Newsday
 
“An important, thoughtful, and gracefully written political history.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 

About Andrew Burstein

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Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of The Passions of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson’s Secrets, and Madison and Jefferson, among others. Burstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he advised Ken Burns’s production "Thomas Jefferson."  He has been featured on C-SPAN's American Presidents Series and Booknotes, as well as numerous NPR programs, including Talk of the Nation and The Diane Rehm Show. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 
Published September 28, 2010 by Random House. 857 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Carl Rollyson on Oct 02 2010

At first blush, "Madison and Jefferson" seems to pitch an overstated thesis...Even so, beginning with the book's title, Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg have reconstituted our understanding of Madison's vital role in furthering Jefferson's political fortunes, as well as his own.

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Reviewed by Dale L Walker on Oct 03 2010

This is a distinguished work, combining deep research, a pleasing narrative style and an abundance of fresh insights, a rare combination.

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NJ.com

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Reviewed by Jonathan E. Lazarus on Oct 24 2010

History professors Burstein and Isenberg relish the contrasts, similarities and symbiosis of the third and fourth presidents. Physically, their differences were striking: Jefferson

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