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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Brookhiser Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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: collaborating 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.

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  • “Brookhiser’s keen interest in his subject is always present. Dietz’s engagement keeps listeners’ interest…It’s a fascinating take on Madison’s career, showing the genesis of modern politics and media.”


  • “A useful introduction to a man who is often outshone by his presidential predecessors but who nevertheless was instrumental in creating our modern political system.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 1/30/2014

    " Brookhiser has started something of a cottage industry in biographies of the Founding Fathers. This volume on James Madison isn't bad if you're someone who has little or no idea about Madison's importance to the United States. Brookhiser hits all the high points of Madison's career, although he rarely dwells too long in any one area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by G. | 1/16/2014

    " Well written. Madison was a man of the political trenches and sometimes, but not often, the text gets bogged down there. Favorite quote which shows how little things change: ""Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home" occurs under the threat of "danger, real or pretended, from abroad."" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mark Stephenson | 1/10/2014

    " Concise, contemporary and critical summary of the lengthy career of one the key founders of our federal republic. I found it comforting to recognise that much of the contentiousness that bothers me in current political discourse was present from the beginning (and often far more acrimoniously) yet our nation survived and prospered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tales0397 | 1/6/2014

    " Absolute must read if you want to understand the roots of today's US political party system. "

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