"Madison's personality comes alive in these pages, his strengths and weaknesses of mind and character clearly outlined. His great services in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 are graphically portrayed. The analysis of his political theory, and of the way in which he sought to apply it to the establishment of of government under the Constitution, is excellent. The depiction of Jeffersonian and Madisonian foreign policy up to the outbreak of the War of 1812 is clear and succinct. This is an excellent biography.(American Historical Review)
Utilizing the vast amount of source material made available in the last 30 years, Ketcham has captured the essential man in his times and in doing so has made him understandable for us in our own day.(Los Angeles Times)
This single volume has provided a penetrating and highly readable biography which merits distinction as the best one-volume life of Madison yet written.(Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)
Ketcham's long-standing familiarity with Madison's life and times is evident in this accessible work...Ketcham has written an enjoyable and scholarly narrative that will no doubt be considered of great value to Montpelier's more serious visitors, as well as students, scholars, and general readers with an interest in the founding couple.(Kellie Strickland, North Carolina State University North Carolina Historical Review)
Ralph Ketcham is Professor of American Studies, Political Science, and Public Affairs, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. His most recent publications are Presidents above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829 and Individualism and Public Life: An American Dilemma.
Mr. Ketcham did a marveous job in researching and writing this very think book. Who could not be impressed! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Seemingly thorough bio of one of our great founding fathers. Although Virginia born, sadly I knew little about Madison. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. T. Randall
Very satisfying, well-documented and thorough coverage of Madison throughout all phases of his life and career.Published 4 months ago by Lombard P.
This is the standard for James Madison. It just doesn't get any better. Ketcham is the authority on Madison. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roscoe E. Dickison
Still the standard. Surprising that more emphasis on Madison has not been forthcoming. Fascinating part of the foundation of our form of government and its rationalePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer