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A surprisingly controversial look at how James Madison redefined the United States in each of his three political "lives"

James Madison is revered as "the Father of the Constitution" but rarely described as a radical. Yet Madison fundamentally changed the United States no fewer than three times. As a founder, he invented the Constitution and wrote the Bill of Rights. As a partisan, he co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party and transformed the face of American political rivalry. And as the first wartime president, Madison took the United States to war and won - and also invented economic sanctions as a political weapon along the way. Now Noah Feldman, author of critically acclaimed books on the Supreme Court and U.S.-China relations, presents this Founding Father in a brand-new light.



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Noah Feldman

Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University as well as a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a contributing writer for Bloomberg View.

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Before joining the Harvard faculty, Feldman was Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005. In 2004 he was a visiting professor at Yale Law School and a fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center. In 2003 he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law or interim constitution. He served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court (1998 - 1999) . Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D. Phil. in Islamic Thought from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, serving as Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1992, finishing first in his class.

His new book, "The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President" will be available on October 31, 2017 (Random House) and is available for pre-order here. He is the author of six other books including: Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House, May 21, 2013) , the award winning and acclaimed Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Justices(Twelve, 2010) , The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton University Press, 2008) ; Divided By God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2005) ; What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building (Princeton University Press 2004) ; and After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003) . He also co-authored two textbooks with Kathleen Sullivan, titled, "Constitutional Law", 19th Edition (Foundation Press, 2016) and "First Amendment Law", 6th Edition (Foundation Press, 2016) . He has worked as a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine.



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