James Madison: The 4th President, 1809-1817 (The American Presidents Series) (unabridged)

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9781559277372: James Madison: The 4th President, 1809-1817 (The American Presidents Series) (unabridged)

A bestselling historian examines the life of a Founding Father

Explore Madison's rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation if the Articles of Confederation and the first Constitutional Congress. Madison oversaw the first foreign war under the constitution, and had to confront issues such as public morale, internal security, relations with Congress, and the independence of the military. Wills also traces Madison's later life, during which he enjoyed greater popularity than while in office.

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Gary Wills is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and cultural critic, and a professor of history at Northwestern University. A recipient of the National Book Award, his many books include Lincoln at Gettysburg, Reagan's America, Witches and Jesuits, and a biography of Saint Augustine. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Ira Claffey has narrated or co-narrated numerous audio titles from Macmillan Audio.  His work includes Rock Rats, Thomas Jefferson, Rutherford B. Hayes, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John Quincy Adams, Grover Cleveland, James Madison, and Theodore Roosevelt.  Of Ira’s narration of Theodore Roosevelt, AudioFile magazine has said, “Ira Claffey's passionate but cultivated voice is the perfect medium in which to join two men of refinement.”

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In this biography, Garry Wills takes a harsh look at an early president and shaper of the U.S. Constitution. James Madison, who led the nation in its first foreign war, the War of 1812, was a rare wartime leader who is not ranked among our nation's top presidents, Wills writes. Here, Wills sets out to articulate why, detailing Madison's personal flaws, the political climate he faced, and the often questionable decisions he made because of these influences. Although often critical, Wills ultimately reaches a balanced assessment of Madison's career. Ira Claffey reads with the necessary detachment. Most interesting is the glimpse of how personality has always shaped politics, not just in the TV age. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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