"Madison's role in Virginia's ratification of the US Constitution has been grossly misunderstood -- typically because historians have omitted to read the most significant primary documents. This volume clarifies matters. It also corrects McCoy's account of Madison's role in 1798."
"Madison's chief contribution to American history was not the US Constitution, but Virginia's religion policy. As Gutzman shows in the work above, he took the lead in coining the phrase "free exercise of religion" and ensconcing it in the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776); he also secured passage of Jefferson's famous statute (1786)."
"Madison sat at the front of the room throughout the Philadelphia Convention keeping meticulous notes. Although he occasionally let friends see them, he kept them secret for the next five decades. Taylor explains why in the tome below."
"Much of Madison's reputation as a philosopher rests on his one-third of these essays. They are best understood, however, not as a scholarly exegesis, but as a lawyer's brief -- as Furtwangler explains in the work above this one in this list. Scholars generally agree that this is the best edition."
"Jeffersonian political economy means, in large measure, the political economy of Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor. This is a fine work for those interested in learning what kind of America the (chiefly Virginian) Jeffersonian Republicans wanted to extend."
"Leibiger's fine study is the first to chart the significance of the most important relationship in the founding of the federal republic -- more important than Washington and Hamilton, more important than Madison and Jefferson. The the topic is significant, the story is poignant, and the writing is exemplary."
"Banning does a nice job of evaluating Madison's role in the creation of the US Government. However, he is highly prone to see everything from Madison's point of view -- that is, to accept Federalist propaganda at face value, to see consistency even where Madison was inconsistent, etc."
"Over a century later, Henry Adams' account remains the jumping-off point for serious study of the Madison presidency. Adams is the only American historian commony and seriously read a century after his death."