This engaging and sympathetic biography reveals the prolific founding father who Thomas Jefferson described as "the greatest man in the world." We see Madison the legislator, writer, Secretary of State, president, and elder statesman. Perhaps most importantly, we see a man who believed implicitly in the mutual dependence of democracy and individual freedom and whose life was guided by this philosophy. Accordingly, our constitutional guarantees of civil and religious liberty are in many ways his legacy.
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by Anthony Everitt
by Michael Shelden
by John Milton Cooper
by Robert Dallek
by Robert Scheinfeld
by A. Scott Berg
by Margaret Weis, Robert Krammes
by Robert Cormier
by Professor John Ramsden
"With 2012's fiscal cliff fresh in listeners' memories, many of the issues that President James Madison debated could seem current. As a leader and thinker in a new republic, he considered the impact of a national debt, checks and balances in the Constitution, and various forms of balloting. Johnny Heller's straightforward narration gives listeners the opportunity to focus on Madison's ideas. Broadwater doesn't stay away from Madison's weaknesses, particularly his contradictions in dealing with the issue of slavery. He presents a portrait of a president whose "constitutional thought" still merits a listen from anyone interested in our nation's government. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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