Books: Disembodied Brain

JAMES MADISON: THE NATIONALIST (484 pp.) — Irving Brant — Bobbs-Merrill ($6).

In March 1780, small, shy James Madison Jr. rode from Virginia to Philadelphia in a two-wheeled chaise to take his seat in the Continental Congress. In the next six months he ran up a boardinghouse bill of $21,373.66, spent $2,459 for liquor, sugar, and fruit and gave his barber $1,020. Madison was neither rich nor extravagant. Like others of his poor but patriotic colleagues, he hardly knew where his next bale of inflationary paper money was coming from. In terms of hard...

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