A Politician Thinking, 14: The Creative Mind of James Madison


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University of Oklahoma Press
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5.6 X 8.6 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Jack N. Rakove is William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and author of James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution.


"No one knows more about James Madison than Jack Rakove, and in this lucid and beautifully written book, he explores not only Madison's political and constitutional theories but, more important, the way in which this creative politician and founder went about formulating those theories. A remarkable achievement."--Gordon S. Wood, author of Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815
"Jack Rakove brilliantly and persuasively recasts James Madison as a thinking politician rather than an abstract political thinker. An enjoyable must-read for Madison fans and Federalist aficionados alike."--Mary Sarah Bilder, author of Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention
"In A Politician Thinking, Jack N. Rakove explores the 'life force' of politics that 'swirled' through the people's passions, ideas, interests, and concerns and operated in James Madison's view as both a potentially dangerous, disruptive force and a civic lodestar that must guide the prudential politics of the republican statesman. Rakove delivers yet another fine scholarly treatment of Madison with a fresh, innovative approach."--Colleen A. Sheehan, The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism