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In James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the way James Madison is traditionally seenas The Father of the Constitutionto find a complex and sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways in which he influenced the spirit of today s United States Instead of an idealized portrait of Madison, Gutzman treats listeners to the flesh and blood story of a man who often performed his founding deeds in spite of himself Madison s fame rests on his participation in the writing of The Federalist Papers and his role in drafting the Bill of Rights and Constitution.Today, his contribution to those documents is largely misunderstood Madison thought that the Bill of Rights was unnecessary and insisted that it not be included in the Constitution, a document he found entirely inadequate and predicted would soon fail He helped to create the first American political party, the first party to call itself Republican, but only after he had argued that political parties, in general, were harmful Madison served as Secretary of State and then as President during the early years of the United States and the War of 1812 however, the American foreign policy he implemented in 1801 1817 ultimately resulted in the British burning down the Capitol and the White House.In so many ways, the contradictions both in Madison s thinking and in the way he governed foreshadowed the conflicted state of our Union now His greatest legacythe disestablishment of Virginia s state church and adoption of the libertarian Virginia Statute for Religious Freedomis often omitted from discussion of his career Yet, understanding the way in which Madison saw the relationship between the church and state is key to understanding the real man Kevin Gutzman s James Madison and the Making of America promises to become the standard biography of our fourth President....

Title : James Madison and the Making of America
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ISBN : 1452656347
Format Type : PDF
Language : English
Publisher : Tantor Audio MP3 Unabridged CD edition February 27, 2012
Number of Pages : 489 Pages
File Size : 791 KB
Status : Available For Download
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James Madison and the Making of America Reviews

  • M. Watson
    2019-04-03 07:25

    Understand before you read this book that it's not a true biography of Madison. I'm not sure the author ever claimed it was, but I purchased it with that understanding.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-23 07:09

    I have always admired James Madison, both for his efforts during the writing of the Constitution and his arguments on the limitations that document prescribes on the power of the Federal Government. It is enlightening to see how Madison's positions varied over the years. His human failings are clearly displayed. Great book, highly recommended.

  • Carla
    2019-04-07 10:05

    Kevin Gutzman is my favorite historian. I have learned more about our founding fathers through his books, speeches, and interviews than from any other resource. I accidentally came across him giving a talk about James Madison and knew I had to get the book. I was not disappointed. I have since purchased all of his books and each one has been great. I have recommended them to all my friends and family, and I recommend them to you.

  • Cal Hackeman
    2019-04-13 07:12

    I thought this would be the story of Madison's life but it turned out to be more of a history of his contributions to the constitution of the US and other significant contributions he made in the early days of the US. There is virtually nothing about his personal life, his home life or anything really beyond his political life. Dolly is mentioned only to say that he met her and they got married. I know he devoted his life to getting America off the ground, but surely he had a personal life as well and it would have been nice to have had that included in the book.

  • Jerry R
    2019-03-25 08:32

    much more a political history of JM vs. a "what he had for breakfast" kind of book, but the author does a great job explaining how and why JM made the difference in the Making of America. Lots of stuff about how he took noted on the constitutional convention, the federalist papers, etc. Not much about his wife, but it's not her bio. Plus of course the conundrum of "freedom for all except the slaves." It's long, some people feel kind of dry and wordy, but it was someone I didn't know much about, and now I know 450 pages more than I did before I started.

  • Todd Kinsey
    2019-04-09 08:32

    Madison is considered by many students of political theory as the greatest statesman and politico in American history. This is an outstanding book chronicling the master of bipartisanship.

  • Harrison H. Owen
    2019-03-23 11:10

    I confess that the detailed description of the various constitutional discussions became a little tedious...BUT well worth while. I felt like I was right there mired in the details and celebrating the breakthroughs.

  • Will hartley
    2019-04-22 13:06

    An interesting and new look at our most underrated Founder... great insights into the mind of a political genius who may have been the best of them all.