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James Madison

ISBN-10: 0805069054
ISBN-13: 9780805069051
Edition: 2002 (Revised)
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Description: A bestselling historian examines the life of a Founding Father. Renowned historian and social commentator Garry Wills takes a fresh look at the life of James Madison, from his rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation of  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/2/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A bestselling historian examines the life of a Founding Father. Renowned historian and social commentator Garry Wills takes a fresh look at the life of James Madison, from his rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation of the Articles of Confederation and the first Constitutional Congress. Madison oversaw the first foreign war under the constitution, and was forced to adjust some expectations he had formed while drafting that document. Not temperamentally suited to be a wartime President, Madison nonetheless confronted issues such as public morale, internal security, relations with Congress, and the independence of the military. Wills traces Madison's later life during which, like many recent Presidents, he enjoyed greater popularity than while in office.

Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80. Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books. Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates."

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days," & in 1998 was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

Editor's Note
Key to Brief Citations
Introduction: The Problem
Pre-presidential Years (1751-1809)
Before the Constitution (1751-1785)
The Constitution (1786-1788)
Three Administrations (1789-1809)
The Presidency: First Term (1809-1813)
Policy and Personnel (1809)
Domestic Affairs: The Partisans (1809-1816)
Foreign Affairs: Suckered Twice (1809-1810)
Maneuvering into War (1811-1812)
To Conquer Canada (1812)
Frigates and a Fresh Start (1812)
The Presidency: Second Term (1813-1817)
Peace Overtures and Professionalism (1813-1814)
Washington and Baltimore (1814)
Maneuvering Out of War (1814-1815)
Assessing the Presidency (1815-1817)
Epilogue: The Legacy
Notes
Milestones
Selected Bibliography
Index

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