The Last Founding Father
James Monroe and A Nation's Call to GreatnessBook - 2009
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.
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.
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)
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."