James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Richard E. Labunski
Reviewed by Charles P. Pierce
"James Madison has been cheated. Here we are, our best-seller lists occasionally looking like a catalog for the Founder of the Month Club, with three books on Alexander Hamilton and even that miserable old blatherskite John Adams getting the marble-toga treatment, and yet there doesn't seem to be even a single beam of spotlight left for the clerkish hypochondriac who overthrew the first American government. I chalk it up to his having been not much of a president; when British marines burn the White House on your watch, it plays hell with your legacy...." Read the entire Esquire review.