James Madison

James Madison : A Life Reconsidered

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A major new biography of the fourth U.S. president, from New York Times-bestselling author Lynne Cheney James Madison was a true genius of the early republic, the leader who did more than any other to create the nation we know today. This majestic new biography tells his story. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution. His visionary political philosophy--eloquently presented in the Federalist Papers--was a crucial factor behind the Constitution's ratification, and his political savvy was of major importance in getting the new government underway. As secretary of state under Thomas Jefferson, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence while remaining true to its young constitution.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 564 pages
  • 139 x 213 x 30.48mm | 488g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143127039
  • 9780143127031
  • 385,321

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Praise for "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered"
by Lynne Cheney
"With this compelling, elegant, original biography, Lynne Cheney brings the great, elusive James Madison back to life. . . ."
--Michael Beschloss, author of "The Conquerors" and "Presidential Courage"
"Lucidly written . . . this is probably the best single volume bio of Madison that we now have."
--Gordon Wood, "New York Times Book Review"
"A lovingly researched tribute to an often underestimated man. It does not explicitly refer to modern controversies. But present-day politics intrudes."
--"The Economist"
"[In this] meticulously researched, richly detailed look at the life and times of Madison, former Second Lady Cheney fleshes out the achievements and struggles of this American founding
father. . . . Authoritative, conversational, certainly confident in its analysis."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"Written with subtlety and grace, ["James Madison"] is as groundbreaking as it is fresh, as enthralling as it is compulsively readable. It is nothing short of a masterpiece. . . ."
--Jay Wink, author of "April 1865" and "The Great Upheaval"
"A nuanced study on its own and a thoughtful presentation by one of today's prominent public intellectuals."
--"Library Journal"
"[Lynne Cheney's] writing is both fluid and polished; the tone is measured and judicious. Her treatment of Madison . . . is informed by a sophisticated knowledge of politics, without in any way being presentist."
--David B. Mattern, senior associate editor, Papers of James Madison, University of Virginia
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About Lynne Cheney

LYNNE CHENEY is the author and coauthor of twelve books, including six bestsellers about American history for children. The wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, she lives in McLean, Virginia, and Wilson, Wyoming.
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