Magazine November 15, 2010, Issue

Heroic Argument

Madison and Jefferson, by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg (Random House, 848 pp., $35)

Every student of American history forms in his mind a picture of Jefferson, more or less accurate, but full of life. Madison, on the other hand, remains for most of us a great lawgiver whose living personality eludes us. Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, in their exhaustive new book Madison and Jefferson, seek to remedy the problem by showing Madison in the human light of his long friendship and intense political collaboration with Jefferson.

The trouble is that when the two men are brought together tête-à-tête between the covers of a book, Jefferson looms larger than ever, and leaves “poor Jemmy,”

To Read the Full Story
Michael Knox Beran — Mr. Beran is a lawyer and writer. His book WASPs: The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy is to be published in August.

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