The Three Lives of James Madison
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.

The Three Lives of James Madison Details

TitleThe Three Lives of James Madison
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ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherRandom House
ISBN-139780812992755
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GenreBiography, History, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Politics, Presidents

The Three Lives of James Madison Review

  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    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 has never been something I have accessed even though his influence on our nation’s founding has always fascinated me. I have often found more information about his wife rather than Madison himself. Noah 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 has never been something I have accessed even though his influence on our nation’s founding has always fascinated me. I have often found more information about his wife rather than Madison himself. Noah Feldman’s The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President answers the call for the book I have always wanted to read about Madison. Feldman examines Madison’s life in three sections with such detail and with such comprehensive research that I learned facts about Madison that I had never suspected. I would recommend this to any history buff or student that would like to get a more in-depth examination of America’s 4th president.
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  • Casey Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    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 it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of biographies on American Presidents which included Madison as a participant, but I have not read 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 it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of biographies on American Presidents which included Madison as a participant, but I have not read one devoted to James Madison. It is the first book by Noah Feldman that I have read.This book is well researched and well written. The title is accurate in that besides displaying Madison as a genius, partisan and President it also breaks into three parts. The first part covers his birth up to the ratification of the Constitution. The second part of the book covers his participation in the Continental Congress and his influence as Secretary of State. The final part is devoted to his presidency and his role afterwards.In many mentions of Madison he is unfortunately only remembered as the President who was in office when the White House was burned down and the many items that were rescued by his wife Dolley. The biography also clearly displays the influence that Mdison had on the other founding fathers and clearly outlines his role in the early development of our country.I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Presidental biographies and in learning more about one of our founding fathers.
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  • Douglas Fugate
    January 1, 1970
    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 until his death.What makes this biography stand out is Mr. Feldman provides the reader the complete picture. Regardless of the occasion or event, the reader is provided letters, notes, and documentation 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 until his death.What makes this biography stand out is Mr. Feldman provides the reader the complete picture. Regardless of the occasion or event, the reader is provided letters, notes, and documentation of the incidents, the personalities and the aftermath. He provides not just Mr. Madison’s side of the issue, but the correspondent’s replies, or the opponent’s responses. (The work is thoroughly researched.)The reader will see George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry and a whole cast of others in a unique light. James and Dolley Madison, as husband and wife, become central to American history. This is a one-volume work, yet I compare this to several multi-volume works: Dumas Malone’s on Thomas Jefferson, Carl Sandberg’s on Abraham Lincoln or Douglas Southall Freeman’s on Robert E. Lee. I highly recommend this for everyone interested in James Madison, The U.S. Constitution or the founding or The United States of America.FIVE Stars.
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  • Cristie Underwood
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! James Madison is a former President that people do not mention often. The only references to him are about the fire at the White House and how his wife saved items from being destroyed during it. This biography was so thoroughly researched that even the most minute details of President Madison's life are covered and information is provided in a non-biased way. Thank you to the author for opening my ey Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review! James Madison is a former President that people do not mention often. The only references to him are about the fire at the White House and how his wife saved items from being destroyed during it. This biography was so thoroughly researched that even the most minute details of President Madison's life are covered and information is provided in a non-biased way. Thank you to the author for opening my eyes to the importance this President had on our history! This book held me captive from beginning to end, as I learned so much that I didn't want to stop reading!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I am such a history buff and was excited to read an in depth perspective on James Madison. It was so interesting and hard to put down. It is definitely a favorite of mine.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This is the most comprehensive work on a United States president I have ever read. It also shows many famous historical figures in a light I have never seen them. This work is so well researched and documented! I had no idea how important James Madison was to our country (and the world) other than as "Father of the Constitution." He was an amazing, amazing man.I would highly recommend this for everyone interested in James Madison, the U.S. Constitution or the founding of the United States.*Thank This is the most comprehensive work on a United States president I have ever read. It also shows many famous historical figures in a light I have never seen them. This work is so well researched and documented! I had no idea how important James Madison was to our country (and the world) other than as "Father of the Constitution." He was an amazing, amazing man.I would highly recommend this for everyone interested in James Madison, the U.S. Constitution or the founding of the United States.*Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Craig Schreiber
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book like no other in that it reveals the true complexity of one of the founding fathers of our country not only as a politician but also as a patriotic firebrand and also as a diplomat. James Madison is revered as “the Father of the Constitution” but rarely described as a radical. Yet Madison fundamentally changed the United States no fewer 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 This is a book like no other in that it reveals the true complexity of one of the founding fathers of our country not only as a politician but also as a patriotic firebrand and also as a diplomat. James Madison is revered as “the Father of the Constitution” but rarely described as a radical. Yet Madison fundamentally changed the United States no fewer 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.
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