James Madison led one of the most influential and prolific lives in American history, and his story,although all too often overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries,is integral to that of the nation. Madison helped to shape our country as perhaps no other Founder: collabourating on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, resisting government overreach by assembling one of the nation's first political parties (the Republicans, who became today's Democrats), and taking to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat. In this penetrating biography, eminent historian Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the Father of the Constitution," an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans' fledgling liberty and vigorously defended the laws that have preserved it to this day.
Richard Brookhiser is Senior Editor of the National Review and the author of nine books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington Alexander Hamilton, American America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918 and Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. Brookhiser also wrote and hosted the PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington. He lives in New York City.
1. Youth, Revolution 2. The Constitution 3. The Federalist, The Bill of Rights 4. The First Political Party 5. Leading an Opposition 6. Wilderness Years 7. In Power 8. Problems of Power 9. President 10. War Leader 11. Retirement, Death Epilogue: Legacy