Hillsdale College and its Kirby Center invite you to a book signing, lecture, and reception.
Senior Editor, National Review
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:00 P.M.
The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
227 Massachusetts Ave., NE | Washington, D.C. 20002
Please RSVP to KirbyRSVP@hillsdale.edu.
In James Madison, eminent biographer Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid and penetrating portrait of America’s smartest, toughest, and wiliest Founding Father.
James Madison, theorist and intellectual, is known as the Father of the Constitution, for he more than any other man got it written and ratified. He called for the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787; he attended every session and took notes on every speech so future generations would understand how the government had been made; he led the fight for ratification in his native Virginia, the nation’s largest and most important state, co-authored the Federalist Papers, still cited by pundits and judges today, and shepherded the Bill of Rights through the First Congress.
But he was also, as Brookhiser shows, the Father of Politics, creating many of the concepts and institutions that surround us today. He formed working partnerships with other leaders such as Washington, Hamilton, and Jefferson, and founded the first American political party, ancestor of the Democratic Party. He pioneered partisan journalism and the study of popular opinion. He belonged to the first political machine, the Virginia Dynasty, and he married the first political wife, the lovely and charming Dolley Madison. After winning the presidency, he guided America to victory in the difficult and controversial War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in battle.
Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and the author of ten books, including George Washington on Leadership and What Would the Founders Do? He wrote and hosted the PBS documentaries Rediscovering George Washington and Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, and appears frequently on the History Channel and the Colbert Report. He is a columnist for American History. Brookhiser lives in New York City.
James Madison is available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.