James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States. Author Teitelbaum writes about the soldier and statesman who became president. Monroe was a colonist in Virginia who took part in the Revolutionary War fighting at the side of General George Washington. After the war, Monroe joined the Virginia General Assembly, the state legislature. He became friends with James Madison and Thomas Jefferson who would become presidents before him. In the late 1700s Monroe ran for the U.S. Senate and won. This was followed by a governorship of Virginia in 1799. When James Madison was elected president of the United States in 1809, he asked Madison to be his secretary of state. The war of 1812 tested his leadership skills. In 1817 James Monroe became president. The problem of slavery was a big issue. There were 10 million black slaves in the United States. Monroe believed slavery was wrong, but he did not succeed in finding an answer to the problem. Monroe left office in 1825. He was a president who helped his country develop into a strong country. Photographs, a time line, a glossary, and Web sites supplement the text. Part of the "Profiles of the Presidents" series. 2003, Compass Point Books, Yannuzzi
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Gr 3-5-The authors of these biographies discuss aspects of the featured man's life and accomplishments. The titles in the "Childhoods of the Presidents" series recount the president's life from birth up through early adulthood, concluding with an overview of his administrative years. The biographies in the "Profiles of the Presidents" series conversely provide a brief introductory chapter on the man's childhood and formative years, and what led to his eventual leadership roles, and then focus on his adult life, employment, and administration. All of the authors attempt to incorporate the appropriate historical perspective, although the titles in "Profiles" present more facts about the issues involved. "Childhoods" includes boxed fact inserts in the margins. "Profiles" has a nicely illustrated time line depicting both the figure's life and world events. The texts are enhanced with reproductions and photographs of landmarks. None of the books has much depth. Better, more inclusive biographies include Jean Fritz's The Great Little Madison (Putnam, 1989) and Karin C. Farley's Harry S. Truman (Messner, 1989; o.p.).-Rita Soltan, formerly at Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Michael Teitelbaum has been writing and editing children’s books and magazines for more than twenty years. He was editor of Little League Magazine for Kids and is the author of a two-volume encyclopedia on the Baseball Hall of Fame. Michael has also written many books based on popular cartoon characters such as Garfield and Batman. He recently adapted the films Spider-Man and Men in Black II into junior novels. Michael and his wife, Sheleigah, split their time between New York City and their 160 year-old farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.