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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by Richard Brookhiser
by David Herbert Donald
by Richard Aldous
by Mark Twain
by Patrick F. McManus
by Bill Pronzini
by Robert Flynn
by Richard Reeves
"James Madison, "the father of the Constitution," may have shared the shaping of the historical document with many others, but, according to the author, his political writings and his shaping of what became the Democratic Party make him "the father of politics." This biography was inspired by Brookhiser's admiration for the early president's actions in the War of 1812. That admiration for Madison comes through in Norman Dietz's reading. It's never dramatic, but Brookhiser's keen interest in his subject is always present. Dietz's engagement keeps listeners' interest, even when the details of political wrangling might otherwise be tedious. It's a fascinating take on Madison's career, showing the genesis of modern politics and media. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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