James Madison

James Madison

A Life Reconsidered

Book - 2014
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A portrait of the fourth U.S. President offers insight into his pivotal contributions as a Founding Father, covering such topics as his political philosophy, Federalist papers rationale and Louisiana Purchase achievements.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2014
ISBN: 9780670025190
0670025194
Characteristics: x, 564 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Vincent T Lombardo May 12, 2016

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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