James Madison

  • by Richard Brookhiser
  • Narrated by Norman Dietz
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eminent historian Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and one of America's greatest statesmen.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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Things I Didn't Know I Didn't Know

There are those who speak and write of the Founding Fathers as if they determinedly soared above the gravitational pull of politics and ambition. This book offers further reminders of the wrongheadedness of that assumption. Madison was the consummate political operative and played a seminal role in developing our political party system. That insight alone makes this book worth knowing.

As I traveled with and through this book I learned about Madison???s backstage maneuvering to instigate the Constitutional Convention. I discovered more about his connections to Washington and Jefferson???whom he admired???and his interactions with Hamilton and Monroe???with whom he occasionally found common ground. How his gift for studied political action influenced his relationships with these other Founders is the truly fascinating core of this book

The narrator never slowed my listening and took a perfect tone???scholarly but secretly entertained by the twists of President Madison???s story. As a result, I was informed and entranced and sorry to hear Madison???s life come to an end.
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- C. Larson

James Madison

This book covers the career of James Madison from the working on the Constitution through his presidency. The story gives an overview of the forming of the government. Brookhiser gave Alexander Hamilton excellent marks for how he created the Treasury Dept and how the federal monies flowed. Madison and Hamilton did not agree on forming the U.S. Bank. Brookhiser indicated that Madison was mentored by Jefferson and they had a life long friendship. The major concern of the book was politics and that Madison was one of the best at playing politics. Apparently from all the work Madison did on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights he became a pro getting committee member to get the work done. The book slowed down a few times but overall was interesting. Norman Dietz did a good job narrating the book.
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio