Garry Wills proposes that James Madison’s talents and characteristics that made him a good legislator was what made him a nondescript President. This argument is not really pushed in the book; but instead is more of a pretense, so Wills can write a character analysis of our fourth president. Fortunately, Wills is not only successful in this; but also, inspires further interest in James Madison.
Personally, I like this book. It a quick and easy read for anyone just beginning to read about this particular founding father. Wills does not go into great detail or focus on Madison’s whole life; instead he creates a good impression of who his man was during his Presidency. Anyone who is already well read on American History or looking for controversy will not find this book satisfying. However, those who are interested in the “little golden book” of James Madison, they have found it.
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