Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review -- James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, by Lynne Cheney

I had a total of eighteen hours on our Megabus trip to Washington, D.C., and I thought a good use of that time would be to read Lynne Cheney's biography James Madison: A Life Reconsidered. It turned out to be just the right length, and I finished it about thirty minutes outside Knoxville on our return trip. The author argues throughout the book that the "bilious" ailments that Madison complained about were actually a mild form of epilepsy, and she argues that although it did impair his health on some occasions, he wasn't really the sickly little man described in other Madison biographies. Madison has long been my favorite of the founding fathers, and I enjoyed this biography immensely.