American History Book Club

The American History Book Club will discuss Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America by David Stewart (Simon & Schuster, $16.99). Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution's ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington's support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation's first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, Monroe. But it was his final partnership with Dolley that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Event address: 
The Bookworm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781451688597
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2016