Synopses & Reviews
Available for the first time in paperback, James Madison: The Founding Father is a lively portrait of the man who essentially fathered our constitutional guarantees of civil and religious liberty. Focusing on the role Madison played at the Continental Congress and in each stage of the formation of the American Republic, Robert Allen Rutland also covers Madison's relationship with his beloved wife, Dolley, his fifty-year friendship with Thomas Jefferson, and his years as a respected elder statesman after serving as secretary of state and fourth president of the United States.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-271) and index.
About the Author
"James Madison is an excellent short biography of a complex man."—New York Times Book Review
"The biography's author, Robert Allen Rutland, knows his Founding Fathers. . . . He writes with clarity and spirit."—New York Times
Rutland "has put together a one-volume work that is lively, fast- paced, and extremely revealing. At last Madison comes alive on the printed page! . . . Rutland's story is biography at its best."—Richmond News Leader
"A lively and sympathetic biography by a leading Madison scholar, one which provides the reader with the best succinct treatment of a complex personality, an introverted intellectual with a special genius for politics."—Richard B. Morris
"A brilliant and engaging portrait of Madison as a republican leader and statesman."—Merrill D. Peterson
"A wonderfully vivid and appreciative biography by the master Madison scholar. Rutland combines a flair for style with scholarly integrity."—Leonard W. Levy