Despite his tremendous efforts to help establish America's fledgling democracy, James Madison nonetheless was often overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries among the Founding Fathers. In this biography, Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the "Father of the Constitution," an accomplished yet humble statesman who collaborated on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, and during the War of 1812 became the last president to lead troops in combat.
"Brookhiser brings his succinct style to bear on the only founder more elusive than Jefferson. The result is a distinctive portrait of Madison as America's original man for all seasons."óJoseph J. Ellis