James Madison

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DD19034
Released: Dec 12, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781452605579
Narrator/s: Norman Dietz
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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.

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Author(s): Richard Brookhiser
Narrator(s): Norman Dietz
Product Number Z100088625
Released: Feb 02, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452625577

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"James Madison, "the father of the Constitution," may have shared the shaping of the historical document with many others, but, according to the author, his political writings and his shaping of what became the Democratic Party make him "the father of politics."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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