James Madison: A Life Reconsidered (Hardcover)

A Life Reconsidered

By Lynne Cheney

Viking Books, 9780670025190, 564pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

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Description

A major new biography of the fourth president of the United States by New York Times bestselling author Lynne Cheney
Lin-Manuel Miranda's play "Hamilton" has reignited interest in the founding fathers; it features James Madison among its vibrant cast of characters. This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic.
Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers helped shape the country Americans live in today.
Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country's history the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson's secretary of state, 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 and remain a republic still.


About the Author

Lynne Cheney is the author or coauthor of twelve books, including six bestselling books about American history for children. Her most recent book is We the People: The Story of Our Constitution. The wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, she lives in McLean, Virginia, and Wilson, Wyoming.
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