This is the first full-length biography, in over a decade, of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States.
" I've read most of the books written by Dr. Kevin Gutzman, all of which I have found enlightening, well researched, enjoyable and brilliantly written. I must say though that in a growing list of outstanding contributions to the topic of American history, James Madison and the Making of America is without question this author's crowning achievement.
I've personally been a student of the Founding era for quite a few years now, during which time Madison has been something of an enigma to me. The same James Madison who argued vehemently for Federal veto power of State laws during the Philadelphia Convention and beyond, would later pen the Virginia Resolution which effectively birthed the concept of "nullification" of FEDERAL actions by the STATES. What are we to take from this one example?
History to this point has painted Madison as brilliant while often ambiguous and at times perhaps even duplicitous. Yet, the reader will discern a transformation taking place in Madison, as his story progresses through recorded history, that most other literary offerings fail to detect. I will not give all of the details away here, but suffice to say that Gutzman provides something that American history has lacked for decades with regards to James Madison- a fresh, objective, fair, honest and painstakingly detailed approach to the man, his philosophy and his immense contributions to the "Making of America."
While by no means is this book an attempt at canonizing Madison the man, it allows the reader to digest the plain facts as they are. From his early years, through the Philadelphia convention, to his writings within The Federalist, the Virginia Ratifying Convention and beyond, the author leaves no stones unturned.
I believe that this book will prove to be the quintessential biography on James Madison. It is a must read for all who wish to gain an honest and thorough understanding of this man, Patriot and Founding Father. Five Stars "
Ex-library book in very good condition with bright clean pages throughout and securely bound.Dust jacket protected by a plastic sleeve. Printed in 2012.