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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Labunski Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From esteemed journalist and author Richard Labunski comes a riveting narrative of the struggle to ratify the American Constitution.

James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights sheds new light on the under-appreciated “founding father” James Madison. The Constitution is so exalted that many Americans fail to realize it was just barely approved as the supreme law of the land. In Virginia, the most influential state at the time, the debate over ratification developed into a titanic struggle between political heavyweights Madison and Patrick Henry. Even after Madison promised to add a Bill of Rights to mollify anti-Federalists, Henry fought his rival bitterly, ensuring that Madison’s political path was strewn with obstacles.

Packed with colorful details about life in early America, this compelling and important narrative is the first serious book about Madison written in many years. It will return this under-appreciated patriot to his rightful place among the founding fathers and shed new light on a key turning point in our nation’s history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A virtue of Labunski’s account is the generous attention he gives to Anti-Federalist luminaries like Patrick Henry, George Mason, and Richard Henry Lee—figures too often overlooked in our reverential regard for the founding. For those used to thinking of the Bill of Rights as carved in stone, it is also instructive to see just how large a role accident played in its creation.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Watch the wig powder fly as James Madison and Patrick Henry slug it out over the constitutional freedoms we take for granted today.” 

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “[Richard] Poe colors Labunski’s tale with an appropriate array of significant pauses, emphases and hushed mock-whispers, bringing his book to life without resorting to overworked theatrical tricks. He may be a stage veteran, but Poe’s reading is anything but stagy.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A work interesting within its ambit, and capably carried off by Labunski.” 


  • “[Richard Poe’s] excellent phrasing provides additional clarity to an already-accessible text.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Andrea | 2/16/2014

    " Based on the Audio book version: the topic is interesting, but the book rambles and was just plain difficult to keep one engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Murray | 2/6/2014

    " Very informative and very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kerry | 1/3/2014

    " Another history topic rarely touched on in school history classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by S | 12/30/2013

    " Not for the faint of heart: this is a day by day, blow by blow account of the wrangling that occurred prior to, and during, the process of the ratification of the US Constitution. Very thoroughly researched "

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