Thanks you guys. I thought I had struck pure gold with this book, and I’m glad to hear that others more learned in these matters hold it in such high regard as well.
I’m not really far into the book yet, as I said. It started off interesting, then building to fascinating with the early forays into defining the Legislature. But it really only grabbed grab me during the early Resolution 7 discussions of the Executive on Friday, June 1st.
I’ve been reading along slowly late at night when I can, a section at a time, hoping to better savor and digest the import of what I was reading. Now, however, it’s as if I’m hooked on a good murder mystery, a real page turner, and I’m not sure I can hold myself back.
I’m also trying to resist the urge to make margin notes and underline what I’m coming to treat almost as a sacred text. Nothing so far in my studies of the country’s founding has moved me with such enthusiasm and awe.
It also fascinates me that Madison chose not to publish this in his lifetime, out of concern, if I understand correctly, for the effect these revelations would have on the country and the men involved.
Thanks again, guys, and any others who join in. Many thanks.
“as if Im hooked on a good murder mystery”
Well, it’s a good mystery how it came about.
You’re going about studying it the right way savoring it morsel by morsel.
I’ll try to come back and ping you in a month or two (about how often I clean out my general ‘favorites’) to read The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding by William Lee Miller.
It pulls a lot of Madison’s aims together and fleshes out the process of the Founding, and is very well written.