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James Madison: Writings: Writings 1772-1836 (Library of America) Hardcover – August 30, 1999
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Several years ago, I found a useful way around this paradox. Buy the Library of America volumes of the above individuals and keep them around for when you read contemporary works about the Founders.
I have recently read several books on Madison (right now I am going thru McCoy's excellent The Last of the Fathers). Whenever an author like McCoy mentions one of Madison's writings I go to my LOA Madison volume and read that writing first.
I have found this procedure to have several advantages. It allows me to form my own ideas about the document before McCoy (or whomever I am reading) can influence me. Thus I am provided a quick check on what they are asserting. Over time, this procedure has led me through much of the Jefferson and the Madison volumes. Sometimes I find myself bouncing back and forth between the volumes following a series of letters. (As an aside, it would be a great service if someone were to provide a well-chosen edition of their letters to each other.)
In general, I have found the Madsion volume to be extremely well-selected. I find about 80% of the documents referred to to be contained in this volume. Unlike the others, my major complaint is that there are not any of his notes on the debates during his tenure in the Continental Congress. I would have taken the more controversial route of leaving out Madison's essays from The Federalist. They are easily obtained and take up over 20% of this volume.Read more ›
The Library of America's series of writings by America's Founders -- including Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and many others besides the book of James Madison's writings -- are longer and more difficult to read. They consist of original texts with only the slightest endnotes and historical chronology. (In this book of Madison's writings, the historical chrononogy is excellent) The disadvantage, if that is the correct word, of the Library of American's series is that reading these books takes substantial effort and digging. In addition, it is difficult to stop with one book, as each collection relates to and requires and understanding of the work of the other Founders. The advantage these books offer, though, can't be found anywhere else. They offer a chance to meet and encounter American's Founders in their own words and on their own terms and to see the development of their thoughts over time.
James Madison (1751-1836) was probably America's greatest political thinker. His career spanned the Revolutionary War, the formation of the Articles of the Confederation, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, the creation of party in America, the Louisiana Purchase, and the War of 1812, which occurred during his Presidency.
The Library of America's collection of over 900 pages offers a rare opportunity to read in one place the major writings of James Madison.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative and give you an idea of the intentions of our founding fathers when they drafted The Constitution and The Bill of RightsPublished 16 months ago by Denny Taylor
A good selection of Madison's papers that provide first hand perspective without subjective historical interpretation and commentary. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bmxoldman
Excellent complilation of writings by Madison. Seeing the "Real Time" exchange of ideas between the founders is illuminating.Published 21 months ago by W. Wadford
The Library of America puts out the original writings of the American founding fathers and other important figures of our country. It is one of the most valuable set of books. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Patricia
Great book for insight into the mind of how the constitution works today.Published 23 months ago by Wayne A. Seavolt