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Lynne Cheney plans to write a bio of James Madison

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"Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, has loved history for as long as she can remember," says her bio on the White House website. "And she has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing history and teaching it well."

So perhaps it's not surprising that, instead of a memoir (which she says she may do later), Mrs. Cheney is  planning to begin writing a biography of fourth US president James Madison as soon as she and her husband leave Washington and resettle in Wyoming.

Cheney's book, "Founding Genius: A Biography of James Madison," will be published in 2011 by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).

The Associated Press points out that, led by David McCullough's "John Adams," all of America's major founding fathers have been the subjects of bestselling biographies over the past few years — except for James Madison. Although considered a brilliant thinker and tactician by historians, some say he has been considered "too dull and reclusive" to inspire a compelling biography.


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