Founding Rivals by Chris DeRose audiobook

Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation

By Chris DeRose
Read by Adam Verner

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200080267

  • ISBN: 9798200080250

  • ISBN: 9798200080274

Runtime: 9.65 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 1789, James Madison and James Monroe ran against each other for Congress—the only time that two future presidents have contested a congressional seat. But what was at stake, as author Chris DeRose reveals in Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation, was more than personal ambition. This was a race that determined the future of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the very definition of the United States of America. Friends and political allies for most of their lives, Madison was the Constitution's principal author, Monroe one of its leading opponents. Monroe thought the Constitution gave the federal government too much power and failed to guarantee fundamental rights. Madison believed that without the Constitution, the United States would not survive. It was the most important congressional race in American history, more important than all but a few presidential elections, and yet it is one that historians have virtually ignored. In Founding Rivals, DeRose, himself a political strategist who has fought campaigns in Madison and Monroe's district, relives the campaign, retraces the candidates' footsteps, and offers the first insightful, comprehensive history of this high-stakes political battle. DeRose reveals: •    How Madison's election ensured the passage of a Bill of Rights—and how Monroe's election would have ensured its failure •    How Madison came from behind to win a narrow victory (by a margin of only three hundred and thirty-six votes) in a district gerrymandered against him •    How the Bill of Rights emerged as a campaign promise to Virginia's evangelical Christians •    Why Madison's defeat might have led to a new Constitutional Convention—and the breakup of the United States Founding Rivals tells the extraordinary, neglected story of two of America's most important Founding Fathers. Brought to life by unparalleled research, it is one of the most provocative books of American political history you will listen to this year.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A lively, clear-cut study of the myriad hurdles and uncertainty that characterized the first attempts to form the U.S. government. Kirkus
“An engaging account of the Republic’s contentious founding.” Publishers Weekly
“Compelling narrative throughout…A lively, clear-cut study of the myriad hurdles and uncertainty that characterized the first attempts to form the US government.” Kirkus Reviews
“Long before they fought the War of 1812 and planted the seeds of Manifest Destiny, James Madison and James Monroe fought each other over a seat in the First Congress. Their epic campaign—revolving around the size and scope of government, its taxing power, and a nation awash in debt—is America in microcosm. Richard Norton Smith, author of Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

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Author Bio: Chris DeRose

Author Bio: Chris DeRose

Chris DeRose is the author of several books of history, including Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election that Saved a Nation and The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them. He has appeared on over sixty television and radio shows and spoken to audiences around the country, including addressing members of Congress at the US Capitol.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English