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Author: Chris DeRose Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781452677361
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In 1789, James Madison and James Monroe ran against each other for Congress—the only time that two future presidents have contested a congressional seat.But what was at stake, as author Chris DeRose reveals in Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation, was more than personal ambition. This was a race that determined the future of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the very definition of the United States of America.Friends and political allies for most of their lives, Madison was the Constitution's principal author, Monroe one of its leading opponents. Monroe thought the Constitution gave the federal government too much power and failed to guarantee fundamental rights. Madison believed that without the Constitution, the United States would not survive.It was the most important congressional race in American history, more important than all but a few presidential elections, and yet it is one that historians have virtually ignored. In Founding Rivals, DeRose, himself a political strategist who has fought campaigns in Madison and Monroe's district, relives the campaign, retraces the candidates' footsteps, and offers the first insightful, comprehensive history of this high-stakes political battle.DeRose reveals:•    How Madison's election ensured the passage of a Bill of Rights—and how Monroe's election would have ensured its failure•    How Madison came from behind to win a narrow victory (by a margin of only three hundred and thirty-six votes) in a district gerrymandered against him•    How the Bill of Rights emerged as a campaign promise to Virginia's evangelical Christians•    Why Madison's defeat might have led to a new Constitutional Convention—and the breakup of the United StatesFounding Rivals tells the extraordinary, neglected story of two of America's most important Founding Fathers. Brought to life by unparalleled research, it is one of the most provocative books of American political history you will listen to this year. Download and start listening now!

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  • A lively, clear-cut study of the myriad hurdles and uncertainty that characterized the first attempts to form the U.S. government. Kirkus
  • “An engaging account of the Republic’s contentious founding.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Compelling narrative throughout…A lively, clear-cut study of the myriad hurdles and uncertainty that characterized the first attempts to form the US government.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Long before they fought the War of 1812 and planted the seeds of Manifest Destiny, James Madison and James Monroe fought each other over a seat in the First Congress. Their epic campaign—revolving around the size and scope of government, its taxing power, and a nation awash in debt—is America in microcosm.

    Richard Norton Smith, author of Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 10/2/2013

    " Since grammar school, I've eagerly read books on the Founding Fathers. But, I never focused on Madison or Monroe. This book provided me with a vital piece of how our country was founded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 8/3/2013

    " A good, comprehensive history of the U.S. from the 1750s to 1790s including the Revolutionary war, Articles of Confederation, Constitution and Bill of Rights. I would recommend this book to history buffs and people interested in the principles behind the construction of the U.S. government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/8/2013

    " An excellent summary of why Madison is the Father of the Constitution. Only a few chapters on the actually election the book is supposed to be about. Still a good, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/15/2013

    " Never realized how important James Madison was. On a side note 3 of the first 5 presidents died on July 4th. J. Adams, T. Jefferson and J. Monroe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/10/2013

    " Never realized how important James Madison was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/28/2013

    " Interesting take on these two men and their relationships with others of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 8/26/2012

    " This was a great book mainly about James Madison. It discussed a little known election between Madison and Monroe for Congressman. Madison was THE major player in the creation of our government. Great reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/16/2012

    " Great book on the fourth and fifth presidents and how they both ran for a seat in the first congress against each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 7/1/2012

    " I learned some things about both men I didn't know, and that was useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 5/7/2012

    " Beautifully written. Has the best epilogue I've ever read. This should be required reading for anyone interested in going into public office, and for all those currently. Quite the lesson in making progress, compromise, manners, and ethics. "

About the Author

Chris DeRose is an attorney and also serves as a political strategist for candidates for state and federal office. He has been involved in campaigns at every level in five different states. A graduate of Pepperdine University Law School, DeRose serves locally on a number of boards and commissions. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

About the Narrator

Adam Verner is a stage, film, television, and voice actor and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He holds a BS in theater arts from Bradley University and an MFA from Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.