Madison’s Gift, David O. Stewart. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Summary: A biography of our fourth president, through the lens of five key partnerships he formed that helped establish a new nation.
Of the Founders of the United States, James Madison seems always to be somewhat in the shadows of the more brilliant lights of Ben Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and even Alexander Hamilton. He played pivotal roles in the Continental Congress, the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, the establishment of a government under that Constitution, the formation of the first real political party, and helping the country survive a war with a Great Britain that was vastly more powerful. Yet he was soft-spoken, lacking in the skills to be a battle field leader, or the charisma that naturally commanded followings.
David O. Stewart helps us to see that Madison’s gift was his ability…
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