Historian and novelist Stewart gives American a needed lesson on how a President can accomplish much by working with others. It was James Madison’s ability to forge working bonds with other founding members of the new American government, even if they did not always see eye to eye that stands out in this biography. Discreet, generous and not at all egotistical, unlike others then and now he dit much to forge the documents that framed a new government, He refused to take credit, rather conceding the “work of many hands and many heads” in the forging of the Constitution. Soft-spoken, he was overshadowed by the more dynamic personalities of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Monroe. Yet the complement of their respective qualities resulted in brilliant working relationships during the course of Madison’s political career.
A wonderful biography of a very smart President. Let us hope we shall see his like again. We surely could use it in these very different times….