Good Intro but a bit more detail would have been nice,
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This review is from: James Madison (American Presidents (Times)) (Hardcover)
With the presidency of Madison we can start to see the rise of some of the issues that will beset the US until this current day.
Madison appears to be rightly recognised as a details man, a man who drafts the rules but is not well suited to being the Man to lead the country, more guy that the President before him wanted in the room (right up until they fell out with him)
The most fascinating part of his story is the way he was involved in being unconstitutional in order to bring about a better new constitution...as the author calls it an "anti-constitutional convention".
I wonder if he was around today just how he would feel about how tied to the new constitution the US now appears to be and if he would be looking to engineer a New Anti Constitutional Convention?
The parts dealing with the reasons and outcomes of the 1812 war were also fascinating particularly for a War whose details are certainly not much taught in European schools
So a great wee read and if you are looking for an intro before digging deeper would recommend this book.