James Madison, our fourth president of the United States, was an eloquent, soft-spoken, and slender man who used his unique gift of communication to unify the colonies and help influence the formation of our country's Constitution. Fritz creates a vivid picture of the man and the problems that our forefathers faced while America was a new and vulnerable nation. This historically accurate, sometimes humorous biography illuminates Madison's passion for keeping a young country intact through the turmoil of two wars, and Fritz is able to squeeze in a great deal of governmental history within a fascinating context. Detailed accounts of Madison's young wife Dolly and his close friendship with Thomas Jefferson are also well presented. Though small in stature, Fritz portrays "little Madison" as a "great" founding father. Voted an ALA Notable Book, a Booklist Editor's Choice, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Boston Globe Honorable Book Award winner, this fascinating story will captivate readers . . . and keep them reading!