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Author: Robert A. Rutland Narrator: John MacDonald Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781483053714
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This engaging and sympathetic biography reveals the prolific founding father who Thomas Jefferson described as “the greatest man in the world.” We see Madison the legislator, writer, Secretary of State, President, and elder statesman. Perhaps most importantly, we see a man who believed implicitly in the mutual dependence of democracy and individual freedom and whose life was guided by this philosophy. Accordingly, our constitutional guarantees of civil and religious liberty are in many ways his legacy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • James Madison is an excellent short biography of a complex man.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The biography’s author, Robert Allen Rutland, knows his Founding Fathers…He writes with clarity and spirit.” 

    New York Times 

  • “In this very human portrait of Madison and his role in the early, problem-fraught years of the new republic, [Rutland] not only depicts him as a fervent patriot, combining ‘erudition and common sense,’ but recounts his goals and frustrations, victories and defeats.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Rutland] has put together a one-volume work that is lively, fast- paced, and extremely revealing. At last Madison comes alive on the printed page!…Rutland’s story is biography at its best.”  

    Richmond News Leader 

  • “A lively and sympathetic biography by a leading Madison scholar, one which provides the reader with the best succinct treatment of a complex personality, an introverted intellectual with a special genius for politics.” 

    Richard B. Morris 

  • “A brilliant and engaging portrait of Madison as a republican leader and statesman.” 

    Merrill D. Peterson 

  • “A wonderfully vivid and appreciative biography by the master Madison scholar. Rutland combines a flair for style with scholarly integrity.” 

    Leonard W. Levy 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 9/3/2013

    " This is biography and history written for the lay reader, but it is quite scholarly in tone and content. I have read a great deal about the founding fathers, but still found new and interesting material in this work. He makes a good case that Madison was "the" founding father, and almost succeeds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/1/2013

    " A good relatively short biography of a patriot and diplomat who was perhaps over his head as president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 11/19/2012

    " Madison never seems to get any love, taking a back seat to superstars like Washington, Jefferson and Adams. But nice to remember how instrumental he was in shaping our country. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sario | 3/10/2012

    " This book killed me. Torture to read and I retained nothing. Anyone have a better recommendation for a book about Madison? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tevvy | 8/5/2011

    " Probably my last favorite of the president biographies I've read so far, but hey I'm only on the 4th one! And it was pretty interesting still. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 10/13/2010

    " Doesn't really mention how short he was... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/28/2010

    " Insightful but a little dry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 12/21/2009

    " Not a bad biography. Rutland focuses on Madison's well-documented public work and less on his personality. He has a firm grasp of Madison's papers.

    But if you're looking for juicy details, you'll need to find another book. "

About the Author

Robert A. Rutland is research professor of American History at the University of Tulsa and the former editor-in-chief of The Papers of James Madison. Among his most important books are James Madison: The Founding Father; The Birth of the Bill of Rights; and Madison’s Alternatives and the Coming of War.

About the Narrator

John MacDonald (1952–2008) was a director, producer, and founder of the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, DC. A graduate of Catholic University, MacDonald was a popular figure in the Mid-Atlantic theater scene. He made dozens of recordings for the Talking Book program at the Library of Congress before entering the commercial audiobook field.