Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Freebie: James Madison by Lynne Cheney

Congratulations to Patricia Mariani, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro.

This week's book giveaway is James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney.  The publisher and I have scheduled this contest in time for the winner to receive a copy of the book by Father's Day.  So, if you're still looking for a good gift to give your Dad, why not enter this week's Friday Freebie?  Here's more about the biography from the book jacket copy:
This majestic new biography of James Madison, the fourth U.S. president, explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states—so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers—helped shape the country Americans live in today. Along with Thomas Jefferson, Madison would found the first political party in the country’s history—the Democratic Republicans. As Jefferson’s secretary of state, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. As president, Madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence—and remain a republic still.

If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on June 5, at which time I’ll draw the winning name.  I’ll announce the lucky reader on June 6.  If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email.  Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

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