One of the most interesting recent books is “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered.” It may not be burning its way to the top of best-seller lists right now, but among historians, it is getting good reviews. I haven’t read it yet, but I intend to. As you may know, Madison was the principal writer of the first draft of the U.S. Constitution, and was author of the Bill of Rights.
What? Wasn’t Jefferson the author of the Bill of Rights? Not so much. Jefferson usually gets the credit, but it was Madison who did the heavy lifting. It was Madison, for example, who worked closely with George Washington to establish the new American government. It was Madison, who with John Jay wrote “The Federalist Papers,” which were in support of the Constitution. And so forth.
If you want to find out more about Madison, read the book. The author is very readable, and has written many other books, including: “We the People, the Story of Our Constitution;” “A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America;” “When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots;” “A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women;” “Kings of the Hill: How Nine Powerful Men Changed the Course of American History;” “American Memory: A Report on the Humanities in the Nation’s Public Schools.” The author also has written novels and many essays.
This author served as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993, and founded and chaired the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a think tank devoted to reforming higher education. This writer is a senior fellow in education and culture at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, and serves as a director of the Reader’s Digest Association. The author for three years was co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.”
Unlike Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, former New York senator and former secretary of state, who has written two best-selling and self-promoting books about herself, this author stays in the background of public affairs, and has held no political office.
Who is this author? She is Lynne Cheney, the wife of Dick Cheney, a former congressman from Wyoming, former secretary of defense and former vice president of the United States. She is a woman who hasn’t let her involvement in public affairs get the best of her. A rare person indeed.