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I was expecting something more like Ron Chernow's biographies of Washington and Hamilton. This book seems more like a history of the early national period. Madison was certainly a major part of that period but in this book he just seems like a character in the larger story rather than the center of attention. It's fine, but I wish I had picked one of the older Madison biographies on audible.
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I am not a historian but have listened now to a dozen or more books on presidents and those connected to the presidency. This book stands out from the rest with the amount of guess work included. So many sentences started with probably, possibly, likely... and then would make a statement that yes, could be true, but there is no evidence of it. I don't mind inferences being drawn from pieces of information, but stating what someone probably thought when hearing or reading something; or saying that probably one person visited another when in the same town, etc. is not allowing me to finish this book, especially with the frequency that it occurs - I made it to chapter 8. I also don't watch Oliver Stone movies for this reason. I don't want to have to sort thru in my memory what was fact.
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