Madison and Jefferson By Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

Madison and Jefferson By Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein: Madison and Jefferson By Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein is based on the true story of friendship in politics.The feelings of friendship has always been the source of inspiration for others. The friendship is the bond that is very warm and full of strong basis.The friendship in politics is not a common phenomena and if it happens, it serves as the wonder of the world and the present day age.

The third and fourth presidents have long been regarded as proper gentlemen, with Thomas Jefferson’s brilliance eclipsing James Madison’s wisdom and common sense.However, both are portrayed as men of their period in this revelatory book about their critical cooperation, hard boiled operators in a harsh world of primitive politics where they strove for power for more than fifty years. Madison and Jefferson portrays the founding fathers as privileged young men in a land defined by tribal identities rather than a cohesive national personality, using an exciting and unparalleled narrative of early America as a backdrop.

Distinguished historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg depict Madison’s covert role in Jefferson’s career – he effectively served as a campaign manager.The authors track the paths of two very different presidents in fascinating detail: Jefferson’s is driven by personality, while Madison’s is maintained by a militancy that history has been hesitant to attribute to him.

Madison and Jefferson is a groundbreaking account of the most important political friendship in American history, supported by a variety of original sources – newspapers, letters, diaries, and pamphlets. After a five-thousand-page journey through Jefferson’s life and a week spent reading Ketcham’s tried-and-true treatment of James Madison, I approached “Madison and Jefferson” with great anticipation, hoping it would weave the stories of these two neighbours and their great political alliance together. An important goal of the authors is to rescue Madison from relative obscurity (much like McCullough has done with John Adams) and elevate him to his rightful place as a co-equal in this powerful partnership, as evidenced by the book’s title and its insistence on mentioning Madison first whenever the two are named concurrently.

Madison and Jefferson By Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

The authors are fairly successful in this regard.Madison is widely regarded as the more cautious, deliberate, and unwavering political force, and the driving factor behind Jefferson’s presidential candidacies.

Even more striking is the conclusion that Jefferson was ultimately more reliant on Madison than Madison was on Jefferson. The argument that Madison’s work at the Constitutional Convention has received more acclaim than it deserves (that he should not be called the “Father of the Constitution”) is less convincing.

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As long as one knows that the development, negotiation, and ratification of the Constitution ultimately encompassed the efforts of many, the writers try too hard to be controversial, and evidence in strong support for their stance appears difficult. Despite its length, the book is not as thick as many presidential biographies, making it more enjoyable to read.

Madison and Jefferson By Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

However, it is hardly long enough to examine Jefferson – or Madison – separately, let alone both of these complex characters at the same time.With so much material to cover, the authors do a good job of summarizing most of the significant events in these two men’s lives.

They do, however, sometimes speed past key events while curiously choosing to spend considerably longer at others.Few readers, though, will dispute that the book should be lengthier. As a result, “Madison and Jefferson” is insufficient as a primer on either Madison or Jefferson, and the motivated reader would be better served by reading one or more dedicated biographies first.

The book’s strength is in functioning as a supplementary and complementary review for someone with some information on these two guys, rather than in condensing two complex lives into one narrative.

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About the Writer:

Nancy Isenberg is the author of Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in Biography and won the Oklahoma Book Award for best book in non-fiction. She is the co-author, with Andrew Burstein, of Madison and Jefferson. She is the T. Harry Williams Professor of American History at LSU. ISenberg was named to the 2016 Politico 50 list and received the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She splits her time between Baton Rouge and Charlottesville, Virginia.

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