April 3, 2015 New Biography of James Madison Explores His Most Important Partnerships

Authors Calls Fourth President the “Most Significant Framer of New Nation”

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Despite his extraordinary contributions to the American republic, James Madison is often consigned to the shadows of history. The key to Madison’s success was his ability to forge important partnerships.

In “Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America” (Simon & Schuster, 2015), author David O. Stewart makes the case for Madison’s centrality to the nation’s founding as he tells the story of his friendships with many of the most influential figures of his time.

Stewart will discuss and sign his book, which is based on his research in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, on Tuesday, April 14, at noon, in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Madison’s five principal partnerships were with Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and Madison’s influential wife, Dolley. Stewart calls this spousal tie Madison’s most important partnership.

David O. Stewart is the award-winning author of “The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution,” “Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy” and “American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson,” which he presented at the 2012 National Book Festival. Stewart is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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PR 15-049
ISSN 0731-3527