James Madison
(Basic Books, 2011)

BOOK FORUM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)

Featuring the author Richard Brookhiser, Senior Editor, National Review; with comments by John Samples, Cato Institute; moderated by David Boaz, Cato Institute.

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James Madison led one of the most influential and prolific lives in American history. Although sometimes overshadowed by his more celebrated contemporaries, Madison helped to shape our country as perhaps no other Founder did: collaborating on the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Bill of Rights; assembling one of the nation's first political parties (the Republicans, who became today's Democrats); and taking to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat. More than just a figure from history, Madison today inspires a continued desire for liberty and limited government. What might his legacy mean for Americans today? Please join us to hear historian Richard Brookhiser discuss his new book about the "Father of the Constitution," an accomplished, yet humble, statesman who nourished Americans' fledgling liberty and vigorously defended the laws that have preserved it to this day.

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