The Last Founding Father

Overview

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 nearfatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751 1831) went on to become America's first fulltime 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 ...
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Overview

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 nearfatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, James Monroe (1751 1831) went on to become America's first fulltime 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458778369
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Harlow Unger

A veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian, Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon and is the author of sixteen books, including five other biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He lives in New York.

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