Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A useful introduction to a man who is often outshone by his presidential predecessors but who nevertheless was instrumental in creating our modern political system." ---Kirkus
"Brookhiser's keen interest in his subject is always present. Dietz's engagement keeps listeners' interest.… It's a fascinating take on Madison's career, showing the genesis of modern politics and media." ---AudioFile
Eminent historian Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution" and one of America's greatest statesmen.
About the Author
Richard Brookhiser is the author of ""America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918"" (2002), ""Alexander Hamilton, American"" (1999), ""Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington"" (1995), and ""The Way of the WASP"" (1991), all published by Free Press. He is a senior editor at ""The National Review"" and a ""New York Observer"" columnist. He contributes to such publications as ""The Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, "" and ""The New York Times."" He lives in New York City.Patrick F. McManus has written twelve books and two plays. There are nearly two million copies of his books in print, including his bestselling ""They Shoot Canoes Don't They?""; ""The Night The Bear Ate Goombaw""; and ""A Fine and Pleasant Mystery,"" He divides his time between Spokane, Washington, and Idaho.
Read by Norman Dietz