Lynne Cheney “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered”

June 17th, 2014

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James Madison may not spring to mind the same way that, say, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or even Alexander Hamilton do.

But as a major new biography of our fourth president shows, without Madison’s influence, the entire trajectory of the young United States would have been different.

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Lynne Cheney‘s book “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” will also change what you thought you knew, if you’ve always remembered how Madison was described as a shy or even sickly young man.

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Catherine Crier “Patriot Acts”

November 22nd, 2011

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Are you worried about what’s happening to America, to the foundations of our republic, to the underpinnings of our democracy?

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If you’re not, you should be, argues TV journalist and former judge Catherine Crier. And it matters not if you’re a member of the Tea Party or an advocate of the Occupy movement. Crier says there’s enough rhetoric, ideology, and blatant misinformation going around, it’s hard to stay focused anymore on what’s really at stake.

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And what’s really at stake, she says, is the very bedrock of America.

In her new book“Patriot Acts” Crier hopes to help us remember exactly what it is we’re fighting for. And it doesn’t belong to one party, movement, or philosophy exclusively.

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David O. Stewart “American Emperor”

November 9th, 2011

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He was an ambitious politician, but also an accused murderer. He was nearly elected president, but was also put on trial for treason. He deftly avoided taking positions on controversial questions, but would have relished the role of emperor.

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Aaron Burr was perhaps America’s most bizarre founding father, and is the subject of the new biography “American Emperor” by David O. Stewart.Stewart became intrigued with Burr’s life and exploits, including, apparently, an audacious scheme to divide the nascent United States and become leader of the new nation that would result.

Stewart’s publisher calls this “a rare and eye-opening description of the brand-new nation struggling to define itself.”

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Garry Wills “Head and Heart”

October 14th, 2007

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There is a common assumption that underlies almost any discussion of faith in America, and that is the notion that the founding fathers sought to establish a Christian nation, and that we have strayed steadily further from their vision.

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The new book by historian Garry Wills reveals, however, that the founding fathers were, for the most part, not practicing Christians as we might think of that term today. But that, he writes, turned out to be the greatest blessing religion in America could ever have. Wills’ book is called “Head and Heart.”

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