James Madison

A Life Reconsidered
Author(s): Lynne Cheney
Original Publish Date: May 06, 2014
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Product Number: Z100090207
Released: Feb 28, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780147519801
Narrator/s: Eliza Foss
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A major new biography of the fourth U.S. president, from New York Times–bestselling author Lynne Cheney James Madison was a true genius of the early republic, the leader who did more than any other to create the nation we know today. This majestic new biography tells his story. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution. His visionary political philosophy—eloquently presented in the Federalist Papers—was a crucial factor behind the Constitution's ratification, and his political savvy was of major importance in getting the new government underway. As secretary of state under Thomas Jefferson, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence while remaining true to its young constitution.

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Author(s): Lynne Cheney
Product Number EB00389390
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780698163454

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"With heartfelt enthusiasm, narrator Eliza Foss captures Lynne Cheney's admiration for James Madison, the U.S. president who led the nation through the War of 1812, and husband of Dolly Madison. Foss excels at making clear the archaic language of laws and political discourse of the time period. Her narration reflects a firm style as she tells the story of MadisonÕs part in developing the Bill of Rights. She squarely hits home the sarcasm and bombast of his political opponents. Overall, Foss helps make the book a strong reminder of Madison's role in American history. It's also a refresher on many of the arguments behind the Constitution. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"