James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

JAMES MADISON                                           LYNNE CHENEY

This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic.
Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states—so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers—helped shape the country Americans live in today.
Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country’s history—the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson’s secretary of state, 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—and remain a republic still.


A wonderful book and a look into the life of James Madison, in more than just writing the Federalist papers, and the Constitution. I had also forgotten that he was Sectary of State when Jefferson was President and that he handles the Louisiana Purchase after it was bought from France. I also did not know that he was the President during the war of 1812 our first war after the Constitution. He also severed from epilepsy and really looked out for individual liberties. There are so many other things inside of this wonderful book that it is very much worth the read. An excellent book about our fourth President. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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