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Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.

Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma, and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners.

It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy. It was Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution’s ratification. It was Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington’s support. It was Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation’s first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles. It was Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812. And it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founding Fathers, his old friend and sometimes rival Monroe.

These were the main characters in his life, but it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach great heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story—a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Stewart has created a compelling and nuanced portrait of Madison that reveals him anew. Madison’s Gift is a fascinating exploration of the profound emotional bonds behind the young Republic.”

    Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of Georgiana

  • “Stewart is an acknowledged master of narrative history. He can explain a political crisis or an ideological debate with perfect clarity and exactly the sense of urgency required to capture and hold the reader’s attention.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Stewart’s] insights are illuminating…He weaves vivid, sometimes poignant details throughout the grand sweep of historical events. He brings early history alive in a way that offers today’s readers perspective.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Stewart examines [Madison] from a fresh angle…[he] illuminates much about the history-making relationships among these celebrated figures that in other books might remain obscured. Readers of history are in good hands with this dependable guide, which approaches its subject with a smooth, easygoing style.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fond portrait of the mild-mannered Virginian and implacable advocate for the young American government…Historian and novelist Stewart offers a pertinent lesson on Madison’s ability to forge working bonds with other founding members of the new American government, even if they did not always see eye to eye…Stewart’s lively character sketches employ sprightly prose and impeccable research.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Gardner’s animated narration makes the material come alive in ways the printed word can’t. There aren’t many direct quotations. For one thing, Madison was no orator, and his speeches bordered on being carefully plotted lectures. So Gardner doesn’t try to give speakers unique vocal characterizations. But his timing and tone enliven the passages, making the material flow easily. His pauses are strategic, rather than being mere excuses to catch his breath. The book is a fascinating examination of the making of the modern United States, and Gardner does the work justice.”


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About the Author

David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. His bestselling books include The Summer of 1787, which won the Washington Writing Award; Impeached; American Emperor; and the novel The Lincoln Deception, which was hailed as the best historical novel of the year by Bloomberg View.