288 pp., 6.14 x 9.21, 10 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2831-8
Published: February 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6991-8
Published: March 2012
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Awards & distinctions
2012 Ragan Old North State Award, North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
In these pages, Madison emerges as a remarkably resilient politician, an unlikely wartime leader who survived repeated setbacks in the War of 1812 with his popularity intact. Yet Broadwater shows that despite his keen intelligence, the more Madison thought about one issue, race, the more muddled his thinking became, and his conviction that white prejudices were intractable prevented him from fully grappling with the dilemma of American slavery.
About the Author
Jeff Broadwater is professor of history at Barton College and author of George Mason, Forgotten Founder.
For more information about Jeff Broadwater, visit the Author Page.
"Deal[s] with the whole man and with the complete story of [Madison's] life insofar as the biographer can limn it. . . . Restore[s] Madison's humanity."--The Wall Street Journal
[James Madison] will appeal to readers looking for an in-depth analysis of Madison’s revolutionary thinking."--ForeWord Reviews
“[Broadwater’s] biography is very solid and scholarly. . . the best medium-sized life of Madison that we have.”--Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books
"Meticulously researched and surprisingly readable. . . . History buffs and early-America aficionados will find Broadwater's work indispensable."--Publishers Weekly
"In an engagingly formulated work of synthesis, Broadwater offers a compelling view of the essential Madison. . . . [His] clear writing style and contextual explanations make this work especially appealing to incipient scholars and general readers."--Library Journal
“Highly recommended. General readers and undergraduate collections.”--Choice