Books: Mr. Madison's War

JAMES MADISON: COMMANDER IN CHIEF (627 pp.)—Irving Brant—Bobbs-Merrill ($7.50).

The enemies of the fourth President of the U.S. called him "little Jemmy," or "his little majesty," or "withered little apple-John." Declared one editorial writer: "His heart is petrified and hard as marble. His body is torpid, and he is without feeling."

Even his greatest admirers would admit that James Madison was not an imposing figure of a man. Standing only 5 ft. 6 in., the slightly built Madison appeared to be even shorter, and his face wore a look of perpetual perplexity. The shy son of a well-to-do Virginia planter, Madison early...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!