A] monumental dual biography . . . a distinguished work, combining deep research, a pleasing narrative style and an abundance of fresh insights, a rare combination. " The Dallas Morning News"
The third and fourth presidents have long been considered proper gentlemen, with Thomas Jefferson s genius overshadowing James Madison s judgment and common sense. But in this revelatory book about their crucial partnership, both are seen as men of their times, hardboiled operatives in a gritty world of primal politics where they struggled for supremacy for more than fifty years. With a thrilling and unprecedented account of early America as its backdrop, "Madison and Jefferson" reveals these founding fathers as privileged young men in a land marked by tribal identities rather than a united national personality. Esteemed historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg capture Madison s hidden role he acted in effect as a campaign manager in Jefferson s career. In riveting detail, the authors chart the courses of two very different presidencies: Jefferson s driven by force of personality, Madison s sustained by a militancy that history has been reluctant to ascribe to him.
Supported by a wealth of original sources newspapers, letters, diaries, pamphlets "Madison and Jefferson" is a watershed account of the most important political friendship in American history.
Enough colorful characters for a miniseries, loaded with backstabbing (and frontstabbing too). "Newsday"
An important, thoughtful, and gracefully written political history. "Publishers Weekly"(starred review)"
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