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THE MIND OF A FOUNDER

Making Sense of James Madison

12:00 AM, Jul 26, 1999 • By GARY SCHMITT
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But the fact that Madison did not flatly contradict himself should not obscure the real and significant reversal in the direction of his politics. This was not a subtle change of emphasis on Madison's part. The question thus remains, why did Madison undertake such a significant shift? For all its insights into Madison's political thought, Rosen's American Compact still leaves us wondering about the character of Madison and his statesmanship.

 

GARY ROSEN

 

American Compact James Madison and the Problem of Founding

Univ. Press of Kansas, 237 pp., $ 30




Gary Schmitt is executive director of the Project for the New American Century.