When it comes to reading and literacy, America is having a hard time. Statistics show that 14 percent of adults can’t read, and 50 percent of adults can’t read a book written at an 8th-grade level.
Madison had over 1,500 volumes in his personal library. Below is a snapshot of the more recognizable titles. How many have you read?
- An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding – David Hume
- Epistles to Atticus – Marcus Tullius Cicero
- Essays – Sir Francis Bacon
- Hamlet – William Shakespeare
- History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon
- Law of Nature and Nations – Hugo Grotius
- Lives – Plutarch
- Nature of True Virtue – Jonathan Edwards
- Tales from Shakespeare – Charles Lamb
- The Age of Reason – Thomas Paine
- The Commonwealth of Utopia – Sir Thomas More
- The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England – Edward Coke
- The Imitation of Christ – Thomas A. Kempis
- The Spirit of Laws – Montesquieu
- The Talisman – Sir Walter Scott
- Treatises on Government – John Locke
- Works on Religious Subjects – Sir Isaac Newton
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Liam Quin – Public Domain