The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President by Noah Feldman

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The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President Read Online Free - 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.

Title : The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President
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ISBN : 081299275X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 816 pages


Tiffany rated it ★★★★☆

October 31, 2017

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...

Dan rated it ★★★★★

December 17, 2017

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, achievemen...

Kent rated it ★★★★★

January 21, 2018

Excellent political biography

Casey rated it ★★★★★

October 08, 2017

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, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted i...

Dominic rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

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 Th...

Bill rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2018

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 Consti...

Douglas Fugate rated it ★★★★★

September 30, 2017

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...

Brion rated it ★★★★★

December 25, 2017

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 Ri...

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

February 10, 2018

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...

Kristine rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2018

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...

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