James Madison Institute
for Republican Government


















     The Washington Institute would like to recommend the following books relating to various aspects of republican government.

     The recommendation of these books does not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

     They are recommended in order to stimulate debate on the principles of republican government.

55 Men, the Story of the Constitution: Based on the Day-By-Day Notes of James Madison

Alexander Hamilton: A Biography

Benjamin Franklin: Writings (Library of America)

Bill of Rights: A Lively Heritage

Constitutional Journal: A Correspondent's Report from the Convention of 1787

Decision in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787

Elbridge Gerry, founding father and republican statesman

Ethan Allen

Freedom and Federalism

George Mason : Reluctant Statesman

George Mason and the Legacy of Constitutional Liberty: An Examination of Influence of George Mason on the American Bill of Rights

George Mason: Reluctant Statesman

Governmental Secrecy and the Founding Fathers: A Study in Constitutional Controls (Contributions in Legal Studies)

Historical Literacy: The Case for History in American Education

History of the Life and Times of James Madison

In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson

Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America

James Madison

James Madison: Creating the American Constitution

James Madison: Father of the Constitution, 1787-1800

James Madison on Religious Liberty

James Madison: The Nationalist, 1780-1787

James Madison, Commander in Chief, 1812-1836

James Madison, the President, 1809-1812

James Madison; Secretary of State, 1800-1809

John Adams and the American Revolution

Logistics and the Failure of the British Army in America 1775-1783

Madison, the "North American", on federal power

Miracle At Philadelphia : The Story of the Constitutional Convention May - September 1787

Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Reported by James Madison

Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution

Patrick Henry (Giants of America. The Founding Fathers)


Philosophy, the Federalist, and the Constitution

The Bill of Rights; Its Origin and Meaning

The Birth of the Bill of Rights, 1776-1791

The Fourth President: A Life of James Madison

The Great Little Madison

The Last of the Fathers : James Madison and the Republican Legacy

The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin

The Power In The People  

The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson

The Prince

The republican revolution: Political economy in Jeffersonian America, 1776 to 1817

The Supreme Court and civil liberties: how the Court has protected the Bill of rights

Thomas Jefferson : Writings

Well Acquainted With Books: The Founding Framers of 1787

A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution

Government by the People: Bill of Rights Edition, National Version

James Madison: A Biography

James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity

No State Shall Abridge: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights

Selling of the Constitutional Convention: A History of News Coverage

The Presidency of James Madison (American Presidency Series)

Creating the Bill of Rights: The Documentary Record from the First Federal Congress

The Bill of Rights: Original Meaning and Current Understanding

The Meaning of American Federalism: Constituting a Self-Governing Society

The Will of the People: The Legacy of George Mason

Forge of Union Anvil of Liberty: A Correspondent's Report on the First Federal Elections, the First Federal Congress, and the Bill of Rights

The Business of May Next: James Madison and the Founding

The Great Rights of Mankind: A History of the American Bill of Rights

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

George Mason Father of the Bill of Rights

The Debate on the Constitution : Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification : Part One, September 1787-February 1788 (Library of America)

The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

Visions of Liberty : The Bill of Rights for All Americans

America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations

Establishment Clause

Founding Fathers: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution

George Washington and American Constitutionalism

The English Libertarian Heritage

Cato's Letters, Or, Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious, and Other Important Subjects (2 Vol. Set)

Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers

James Madison and the American Nation 1751-1836 : An Encyclopedia

Jefferson and Madison: Three Conversations from the Founding (The Merrill Jensen Lectures in Constitutional Studies)

Paul Revere's Ride

Presidential War Power

Revolutionary Outlaws: Ethan Allen and the Struggle for Independence on the Early American Frontier

The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800

The American Presidency: An Intellectual History

The Defender's Study Bible: King James Version With Dust Jacket

The Defender's Study Bible: King James Version/Burgundy Bonded Leather/Indexed

The Founders and the Classics: Greece, Rome, and the American Enlightenment

The Fourteenth Amendment: From Political Principle to Judicial Doctrine

Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters (Library of America)

All Cloudless Glory: The Life of George Washington : Making a Nation

Benjamin Franklin's the Art of Virtue: His Formula for Successful Living

Christian Faith & Religious Freedom

Faith of Our Founding Fathers

Abraham Baldwin: Patriot, Educator, and Founding Father

Constitutional Conflicts Between Congress and the President

Declaring Rights : A Brief Documentary History (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)

Faith of Our Fathers (Freeman Classics)

Founding Father

From Parchment to Power

George Washington : Writings (Library of America)

James Madison's "Advice to My Country"

Original Meanings : Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

Patriarch : George Washington and the New American Nation

The Complete Bill of Rights: The Drafts, Debates, Sources, and Origins

The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights (Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights)

The Principles of Representative Government

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold (Unforgettable Americans)  

A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

American Constitutional Law, Volume II: Bill of Rights

Benedict Arnold and the American Revolution (Notorious Americans and Their Times)

Faith & Freedom: A Complete Handbook for Defending Your Religious Rights - Second Edition

Fame and the Founding Fathers

Madison : Character in Time : The US Presidents

Patriots of the American Revolution

The Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787

The Founding Fathers on Leadership : Classic Teamwork in Changing Times

What Would They Say?: The Founding Fathers on the Current Issues

American Compact: James Madison and the Problem of Founding

Bite-Size Franklin: Wit & Wisdom from a Founding Father

Dolley Madison: Courageous First Lady

Founding the American Presidency

James Madison: Writings

Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America

Religion and American Law : An Encyclopedia

Religious Wars in the Courts I

The Bill of Rights, the Courts & the Law: The Landmark Cases : Cases That Have Shaped American Society

The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828

Alexander Hamilton: First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Alexander Hamilton, American

Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered

John Hancock

Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution

Power Versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson

The End of Kings: A History of Republics and Republicans Thomas Jefferson Versus Alexander Hamilton

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

The Political Philosophy of James Madison

The Revolutionary War

A Government of Laws: Political Theory, Religion, and the American Founding

Abigail Adams : A Biography

Democracy in America

Explaining America : The Federalist

Federalism, the Supreme Court, and the Seventeenth Amendment: The Irony of Constitutional Democracy

Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison, and the Creation of the American Republic

George Mason, Constitutionalist

Hamilton: Writings

Intellectual Founders of the Republic : Five Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Political Thought

James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic

Origins of the Bill of Rights

The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence

The War of Independence : The British Army in North America 1775-1783

To An Unknown God : Religious Freedom On Trial

Vindicating the Founders  

A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government

Abigail Adams: A Writing Life

America's Founding Secret: What the Scottish Enlightenment Taught Our Founding Fathers

American Constitutional Law, Volume I : The Structure of Government

American Government: Brief Version

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Founding Fathers: Uncommon Heroes

Franklin: The Essential Founding Father

From Colonies To Country

James Madison

James Madison and the Future of Limited Government

John Adams

Marbury Versus Madison: Documents and Commentary

States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876

The American Revolution: A History

The Bill of Rights: The First Ten Amendments of the Constitution 

The Boston Tea Party: Rebellion in the Colonies

The Fathers of the Constitution: A Chronicle of the Establishment of the Union  

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

America's Christian Heritage

America's Founding Fathers: Their Uncommon Wisdom and Wit

Benjamin Franklin : An American Life

Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys

Faith of Our Founding Father: The Spiritual Journey of George Washington

Father of the Constitution: A Story About James Madison

Gentleman Revolutionary : Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution

In Defense of Liberty: The Story of America's Bill of Rights

Men of Little Faith: Selected Writings of Cecelia Kenyon

Religion on Trial: A Handbook With Cases, Laws, and Documents

Revolutionary Strategies of the Founding Fathers: Leadership Lessons from America's Most Successful Patriots

Rules of Civility: The 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace

Soldiers' Revolution: Pennsylvanians in Arms and the Forging of Early American Identity

The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

The Bill of Rights: A History in Documents

The Federalist Papers 

The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America

The Ten Commandments & Their Influence on American Law

What If America Were A Christian Nation Again?

The Elite Consensus: When Corporations Wield the Constitution

Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

Alexander Hamilton

Benjamin Franklin: Creating a Nation

Birth of the Bill of Rights : Encyclopedia of the Antifederalists

Constitutional Chaos : What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

George Washington: Creating a Nation

Gouverneur Morris: Creating a Nation

His Excellency: George Washington

James Madison: Creating a Nation

Jefferson & Madison: The Great Collaboration

John Adams: Creating a Nation

Masquerade : The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier

Recovering the Past: A Historian's Memoir

The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

The Quotable Founding Fathers: A Treasury of 2,500 Wise and Witty Quotations from the Men and Women Who Created America

The Revolutionary War Era

Thomas Jefferson: Creating a Nation

Washington's Crossing

A Great Improvisation : Franklin, France, and the Birth of America

Alexander Hamilton: Founding Father And Statesman

Armed in the Holy Cause of Liberty: The Founding Fathers & the Origins of Gun Control in America

James Madison: Fourth President 1809-1817

John Jay : Founding Father

Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain

The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character

Young Patriots: The Remarkable Story Of Madison, Hamilton, And The Crisis That Built The Constitution  

How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution  


Promoting the Principles of Republican Government