November 23, 2016 Book Talk Highlights James Madison's Pivotal Role in American Government

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Michael Signer will discuss and sign his new book, “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father” (Public Affairs, 2015) on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Law Library of Congress, this event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Seventy-five years ago, the historian Irving Brant wrote, “Among all the men who shaped the present government of the United States of America, the one who did the most is known the least.”

Michael Signer responds to Brant’s complaint with a comprehensive biography that shows how Madison became Madison, the somewhat reluctant fighter who pushed his colleagues to fulfill America’s vast potential.

Much of “Becoming Madison” was researched in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, which holds the papers of 23 U.S. presidents, including Madison’s.

Signer is an author, advocate, political theorist and attorney. He has taught political theory, leadership and governance at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the University of California. He is the author of “Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies.”

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PR 16-203
2016-11-23
ISSN 0731-3527