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James Madison and the Making of America,” published in 2012, is author Kevin Gutzman’s fourth and most recent book.  He has previously written about the U.S. Constitution and Virginia’s transition from dominion to republic.  He is Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University and is currently writing a book about the rivalry between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

After only two chapters and fewer than fifty pages, I knew that Gutzman’s “James Madison” and I were having a difficult time together.  The challenge began when…

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