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

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A bestselling historian examines the life of a Founding Father.

Renowned historian and social commentator Garry Wills takes a fresh look at the life of James Madison, from his rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation of the Articles of Confederation and the first Constitutional Congress.

Madison oversaw the first foreign war under the constitution, and was forced to adjust some expectations he had formed while drafting that document. Not temperamentally suited to be a wartime President, Madison nonetheless confronted issues such as public morale, internal security, relations with Congress, and the independence of the military. Wills traces Madison's later life during which, like many recent Presidents, he enjoyed greater popularity than while in office.

 

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Garry Wills is always worth reading. He argues Madison's success as a legislator actually hindered him while he was President - which Wills views as less than successful. Ler crítica na íntegra

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This book, IMHO, does not do justice to either the man or the era in which he served, glossing over a number of critical aspects and continually stressing other aspects. He was a great legislator but ... Ler crítica na íntegra

Índice

The Problem
1
Before the Constitution 17511785
11
The Constitution 17861788
24
Three Administrations 17891809
38
Policy and Personnel 1809
59
The Partisans 18091816
68
Suckered Twice 18091810
80
Maneuvering into War 18111812
89
Frigates and a Fresh Start 1812
106
Peace Overtures and Professionalism 18131814
121
Washington and Baltimore 1814
132
Maneuvering Out of War 18141815
142
Assessing the Presidency 18151817
153
The Legacy
161
Index
175
Direitos de autor

To Conquer Canada 1812
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Garry 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.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is arguably the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he has been a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He served as special assistant to John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966); and in 1998 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.

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