The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

The Three Lives of James Madison Genius Partisan President A sweeping reexamination of the Founding Father who transformed the United States in each of his political lives as a revolutionary thinker as a partisan political strategist and as a president In o

  • Title: The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President
  • Author: Noah Feldman
  • ISBN: 9780812992755
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A sweeping reexamination of the Founding Father who transformed the United States in each of his political lives as a revolutionary thinker, as a partisan political strategist, and as a president In order to understand America and its Constitution, it is necessary to understand James Madison Walter Isaacson, 1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci A sA sweeping reexamination of the Founding Father who transformed the United States in each of his political lives as a revolutionary thinker, as a partisan political strategist, and as a president In order to understand America and its Constitution, it is necessary to understand James Madison Walter Isaacson, 1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci A surprisingly controversial look at how James Madison redefined the United States in each of his three political lives James Madison is revered as the Father of the Constitution but rarely described as a radical Yet Madison fundamentally changed the United States no less than three times As a founder, he invented the Constitution and wrote the Bill of Rights As a partisan, he co founded the Democratic Republican Party and transformed the face of American political rivalry And as the first wartime president, Madison took the United States to war and won and also invented economic sanctions as a political weapon along the way Now Noah Feldman, author of critically acclaimed books on the Supreme Court and U.S China relations, presents this Founding Father in a brand new light.The Three Lives of James Madison is an illuminating biography of the man whose creativity and tenacity gave us America s distinctive form of government His collaborations, struggles, and contradictions define the United States to this day.

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    1. Thank you, NetGalley and Random House Publishing for the ARC kindle edition of this book in exchange for an honest review. As a scholar of early American history, I have read and studied numerous texts about many of our founding fathers, but somehow an all-inclusive, solo work about James Madison has never been something I have accessed even though his influence on our nation’s founding has always fascinated me. I have often found more information about his wife rather than Madison himself. No [...]

    2. This has been a fantastic year for biographies and in this 800 page volume, Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman has crafted the finest portrait of James Madison to date.One of the geniuses among the founding fathers and perhaps my personal favorite, Madison's brilliance, contradictions, achievements, failures, and legacy are thoroughly and accurately portrayed in a work of great accessibility and singular erudition. This work's title is demonstrated to be quite the apposite framing for Madison's [...]

    3. I received a free Kindle copy of The Three Lives of James Madison by Noah Feldman courtesy of Net Galley and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, , , Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of biographies on American Presidents which included Madison as a participant, but I have not read one devoted [...]

    4. James Madison is best known as the father of the U.S. Constitution. As with many of the Founding Fathers, there's a risk of the myth outshining the man. Madison undoubtedly was a genius, but Noah Feldman's new biography show him to be a far more complicated figure than is often portrayed. "The Three Lives of James Madison" is an intellectual biography of Madison focused on his contributions to the Philadelphia Convention, leadership of the Republican Party, and Presidency. Where Feldman excels i [...]

    5. Though George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, in all likelihood, are better remembered today than James Madison, Madison’s legacy packs more of a punch.Historian Noah Feldman in “The Three Lives of James Madison” presents a compelling narrative of how important Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and fourth president of the United States, was in warning of the tyranny of the majority, when he wrote: “In all cases where a majority are united by a common interest or passion, the [...]

    6. This is the most complete biography of President Madison I have read. Mr. Feldman researched James Madison in three phases of his life – (1) birth through the ratification of The Constitution of the United States, (2) as a Congressman then Secretary of State; (3) as President of the United States until his death.What makes this biography stand out is Mr. Feldman provides the reader the complete picture. Regardless of the occasion or event, the reader is provided letters, notes, and documentati [...]

    7. Whoa! I just finished Noah Feldman’s 600+ page tome on the political career of James Madison. It’s a whopper. It is an expansive look at Madison’s relationships with Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Hamilton, his role in drafting and helping ratify the Constitution, his drafting of the Bill of Rights, and the beginning of partisan politics. It also describes the evolution of his thinking on religious freedom, slavery, republicanism v monarchism. It Princetonovers his life from his college [...]

    8. This is one of the best political biographies I have read in a long time. The concept of "three lives" comes from his creation of the Constitution, his involvement with the Republican Party to protect it and his service as President operating under that same Constitution. Madison comes out as an even more admirable character than I already thought (though the author doesn't sidestep the contradiction of his holding slaves). The book is very tightly written and filled with little insights (such a [...]

    9. The Three Lives of James Madison by Noah Feldman is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late December.Although Feldman draws from correspondence and accounts of historic events, you gain a real understanding of James Madison as a person driven by decisiveness, morality, being a good husband (to Dolley Payne-Madison, who I had no idea that she had been married once before her first husbands and sons were struck by yellow fever), war against the British (in Michigan of all places), and becoming [...]

    10. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! James Madison is a former President that people do not mention often. The only references to him are about the fire at the White House and how his wife saved items from being destroyed during it. This biography was so thoroughly researched that even the most minute details of President Madison's life are covered and information is provided in a non-biased way. Thank you to the author for opening my ey [...]

    11. It took me awhile to get into this book. There is a lot of detail. However, it was so interesting to read how many decisions had to be made in the early days of our country and how they were made. Some of the same problems we have today with our leaders are the same as in Madison's time. I learned a lot about Madison and what events were going on in the world that factored into his plans for our country.I did feel that the author was a bit biased toward Madison and I hope to read another history [...]

    12. Not your typical biography but actually more of a political view of Madison and how his wellspring of ideas shaped America in the early days of the American Revolution. Without Madison the Constitution as we know it would not exist. The author goes into quite a bit of detail of Madison's writings and we get a sense of the high points in his long career through his extensive correspondence with his wife (Dolley). This is a book you don't skim as much as you peruse.

    13. I won this book on . It is very well written and easily read. Very interesting content. It is a huge book however and takes a very long time to read.

    14. I am such a history buff and was excited to read an in depth perspective on James Madison. It was so interesting and hard to put down. It is definitely a favorite of mine.

    15. This is the most comprehensive work on a United States president I have ever read. It also shows many famous historical figures in a light I have never seen them. This work is so well researched and documented! I had no idea how important James Madison was to our country (and the world) other than as "Father of the Constitution." He was an amazing, amazing man.I would highly recommend this for everyone interested in James Madison, the U.S. Constitution or the founding of the United States.*Thank [...]

    16. This is a book like no other in that it reveals the true complexity of one of the founding fathers of our country not only as a politician but also as a patriotic firebrand and also as a diplomat. James Madison is revered as “the Father of the Constitution” but rarely described as a radical. Yet Madison fundamentally changed the United States no fewer than three times. As a founder, he invented the Constitution and wrote the Bill of Rights. As a partisan, he co-founded the Democratic-Republi [...]

    17. When it comes to biography there are many ways an author can go wrong. They can make the subject look like a saint and only focus on the good things they did, or they can make them a villain from start to finish without ever looking at any of their positives. Feldman does a great job of walking that line. The other remarkable thing about this book is that it is academic without being inaccessible for everyone. It maintains a good level of readability without sacrificing well researched content. [...]

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