Biography of James Madison

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Biography of James Madison

Postby nonyuppie » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:11 am

Can anybody recommend one?

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Re: Biography of James Madison

Postby Bwis53 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:21 am

Can't recommend a specific one. I'd read this one second:The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James MadisonJan 17, 1995
by James Morton Smith

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Re: Biography of James Madison

Postby nonyuppie » Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:05 pm

Thanks

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Re: Biography of James Madison

Postby Bwis53 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:09 pm

I also recommend: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. A very thoroughly researched biography. Very detailed and interesting how characters played off each other.

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Re: Biography of James Madison

Postby MPMay » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:38 pm

I can't actually recommend either of them because they are in my tsundoku, but I got them due to good reviews:

James Madison and the Making of America by Kevin Gutzman, and The Three Lives of James Madison by Noah Feldman. I think the second one is supposed to be better.

And if you just want the basics, I highly recommend the American Presidents series, short (200pp) bios that are easy to read, written by good writers. I read Madison's, written by Garry Wills.

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Re: Biography of James Madison

Postby JoeT » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:58 pm

I highly recommend Ralph Ketcham's biography. If you want to understand what "the establishment of religion" means, Madison is the person to read about. More so than Jefferson.


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