The Last Founding Father

The Last Founding Father

James Monroe and A Nation's Call to Greatness

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the life of the fifth president from his fierce participation in critical Revolutionary War battles through his political contributions, documenting his efforts toward securing the nation's durability and his mentorship under the first four presidents.

Perseus Publishing
Award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger recounts the life of James Monroe, who dedicated himself to serving his country and building America’s future.

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 (17511831) 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 scholarshiphistory in the grand tradition.



Book News
Unger, a historian, journalist, broadcaster, and educator, offers a biography of James Monroe (1758-1831). He describes how Monroe fought in the Revolutionary War, served as in Congress, as minister to France and Britain, as governor of Virginia, as secretary of state, and as secretary of war. He relates how as president, Monroe rebuilt the military, extended national boundaries, and proclaimed the Americas closed to foreign colonization in the Monroe Doctrine. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The award-winning author of Lafayette recounts the life of the fifth president from his fierce participation in critical Revolutionary War battles through his political contributions, documenting his efforts toward securing the nation's durability and his mentorship under the first four presidents.
The epic story of James Monroe-- the last of America's Founding Fathers -- who transformed a small, fragile nation beset by enemies into a glorious and powerful empire stretching "from sea to shining sea."

Publisher: [Cambridge, Mass.] : Da Capo Press, 2009
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
ISBN: 9780306818080
Branch Call Number: 973.5409 MONRO UNGER
Characteristics: xii, 388 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm

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