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The Last Founding Father - James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness (2009)
Front Cover Book Details
Genre Biography; Non-Fiction
Subject Presidents - United States - Biography
Publication Date 9/29/2009
Format Hardcover (9.1 x 6.1 mm)
Publisher Da Capo Press
Language English
Extras Dust Jacket; Dust Jacket Cover
Description
In this lively and compelling biography Harlow Giles Unger reveals the dominant political figure of a generation. A fierce fighter in four critical Revolutionary War battles and a courageous survivor of Valley Forge and a near-fatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751–1831) went on to become America’s first full-time politician, dedicating his life to securing America’s national and international durability.

Decorated by George Washington for his exploits as a soldier, Monroe became a congressman, a senator, U.S. minister to France and Britain, governor of Virginia, secretary of state, secretary of war, and finally America’s fifth president. The country embraced Monroe’s dreams of empire and elected him to two terms, the second time unanimously. Mentored by each of America’s first four presidents, Monroe was unquestionably the best prepared president in our history.

Like David McCullough’s John Adams and Jon Meacham’s recent book on Andrew Jackson, this new biography of Monroe is both a solid read and stellar scholarship—history in the grand tradition.

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Purchase Price $17.16
Acquire Date 9/22/2009
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Product Details
LoC Classification E372.U54 2009
Dewey 973.5/4092
ISBN 9780306818080
Edition 1st Da Capo Press ed.
Cover Price $26.00
No. of Pages 400
First Edition No
Rare No
Notes
Well told but "fluffy". This is a personal history rather than a telling of history. Only two pages on the Monroe Doctrine but page after page describing the state dinners, the furniture, what Elizabeth and Eliza wore. Monroe lived a fascinating life and Unger tells the tale well. But not as good a history book as McCullough's Adams book.