The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

by Harlow Giles Unger

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From the New York Times bestselling author, the larger than life story of America's fifth president, who transformed a small, fragile nation into a powerful empire

In this compelling biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals the epic story of James Monroe (1758-1831)-the last of America's Founding Fathers-who transformed a small, fragile nation beset by enemies into a powerful empire stretching "from sea to shining sea." Like David McCullough's John Adams and Jon Meacham's American Lion, The Last Founding Father is both a superb read and stellar scholarship-action-filled history in the grand tradition.

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ISBN-13: 9780306819186
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 130,748
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Acclaimed historian Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow at George Washington's Mount Vernon. He is the author of twenty-six previous books, including twelve biographies of America's Founding Fathers and three histories of the early Republic. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements and Dedication ix

Chronology xi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 "To Be Free…We Must Fight" 7

Chapter 2 "A Brave…and Sensible Officer" 25

Chapter 3 "I May Lose My Scalp" 41

Chapter 4 "A Most Interesting Connection" 61

Chapter 5 "A Subversion of Liberty" 77

Chapter 6 "One Continuous Scene of Riot" 91

Chapter 7 La Belle Américaine 109

Chapter 8 "Let Calumny Have Its Course" 129

Chapter 9 "To Prevent this Greatest of Evils" 143

Chapter 10 "Some Outrages Had Been Coomitted" 159

Chapter 11 "Nothing but Simple Justice" 177

Chapter 12 "To Repair an Injury" 195

Chapter 13 "We Have Met the Enemy…" 213

Chapter 14 "The Poor Capital…Crack'd and Broken" 237

Chapter 15 The "Era of Good Feelings" 261

Chapter 16 "Embroidered with Gold" 277

Chapter 17 "Winked Away by Compromise" 287

Chapter 18 A Momentous Decision 305

Chapter 19 Rejoice! 317

Chapter 20 "A Plain and Gentle Man" 333

Appendix 349

Notes 353

Bibliography 371

Index 377

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