Richard Brookhiser is author most recently of Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln.


The fourth U.S. president is often ignored—he’s not even on the currency anymore—but four new books remind us that tiny James Madison was a man to reckon with.

Buckley tapped Richard Brookhiser as the editor of National Review before pulling the rug out from under him. In an excerpt from his new book, Brookhiser describes the crushing moment.