Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills
3 Stars , Non-Fiction / July 17, 2010

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. 184 pages Publisher: Times Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0805069054 My rat­ing for James Madison — 3 Buy James Madison from* More Books by Garry Wills* This short biography of James Madison focuses on his time as president of the United States – imagine a biography of Miguel de Cervantes focusing on his time as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment. James Madison was a great theorist, extraordinary writer, cunning politician and an effective legislator – but as president he was simply “good”.  Madison was never counted as one of the great presidents and author Garry Wills acknowledges as such in the opening of the book.  As a matter of a complete biography this approach, in my mind, is the opposite of what it should be.  Wills points this out and follows with a clear, clean and interesting biography focusing on Madison’s administration. The book is divided into five parts: –    Introduction –    Pre-Presidential Years(1751 -1809) –    The Presidency: First Term (1809-1813) –    The Presidency: Second Term…

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