By Andrew Burstein, Nancy Isenberg
“[A] enormous twin biography . . . a uncommon paintings, combining deep study, a lovely narrative kind and an abundance of clean insights, a unprecedented combination.”—The Dallas Morning News
The 3rd and fourth presidents have lengthy been thought of right gents, with Thomas Jefferson’s genius overshadowing James Madison’s judgment and customary experience. yet during this revelatory ebook approximately their an important partnership, either are visible as males in their instances, hardboiled operatives in a gritty international of primal politics the place they struggled for supremacy for greater than fifty years. With an exciting and exceptional account of early the United States as its backdrop, Madison and Jefferson finds those founding fathers as privileged younger males in a land marked through tribal identities instead of a united nationwide character. Esteemed historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg seize Madison’s hidden role—he acted in impact as a crusade manager—in Jefferson’s profession. In riveting aspect, the authors chart the classes of 2 very various presidencies: Jefferson’s pushed via strength of character, Madison’s sustained by way of a militancy that historical past has been reluctant to ascribe to him.
Supported via a wealth of unique sources—newspapers, letters, diaries, pamphlets—Madison and Jefferson is a watershed account of crucial political friendship in American history.
“Enough colourful characters for a miniseries, loaded with backstabbing (and frontstabbing too).”—Newsday
“An very important, considerate, and gracefully written political history.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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