Excellent biography of our Fourth President! Lynne Cheney is not a riveting storyteller like David McCullough or Doris Kearns Goodwin, but she writes lucidly, often elegantly, toggling between Madison the public figure and Madison the man. With 458 pages of text, this book is comprehensive, but not overlong. However, I have one cavil: Cheney often engages in what Barbara Tuchman called "spontaneous attribution" or the "he must have" style of historical writing, i.e., she often speculates about what people thought or what they did, but all of her speculation is plausible. As I said, it is just a cavil. This book is well worth reading. I learned a lot!
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