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

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 (1751?1831) went on to become America?s first full-time politician, dedicating his life to securi In this lively and compelling biography Harlow Giles Unger reveals the dominant political figure of a generation. A f...

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Title:The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
Author:Harlow Giles Unger
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Genres:History
ISBN:0306818086
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:388 pages pages

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

  • Luke Johnson
    Jul 01, 2018
    Well-written and succinct, though parts were a bit too pro-Monroe to be fully convincing. ...
  • Joe
    Sep 14, 2014
    Book Twenty-Eight of my Presidential Challenge. James Monroe's life plays like a Presidential Greatest Hits Album. You want a revolutionary war hero like Washington? Boom! You want a President who will greatly expand the size of the U.S. like Jefferson (as well as being in love with...
  • Martin Bihl
    Nov 27, 2010
    As I?ve said in preface to reviews of other bios, I accept a level of bias in these things ? because you can?t expect someone who has dedicated several years of their life to studying someone to remain objective. But you know you're in for an exceptionally wild ride when, in the ...
  • Steven Peterson
    Feb 22, 2011
    A readable biography of President James Monroe, the last of the Virginia Dynasty (Washington, Jefferson, and Madison). This work makes a strong case that he was an able political leader and a capable President. People probably need to know more about Monroe, and this book would be an a...
  • Tori
    Dec 06, 2010
    A novel, a novel! This biography for a novel! At least, that's what I was thinking when I picked up my next read from my local library. Not yet having acquired a taste for these non-fiction works - I admit it readily. Though they are no doubt far superior in the long run, I still can'...
  • Mara
    Dec 17, 2013
    A more suitable title for this biography may have been something to the effect of James Monroe: the Musings of a Fanboy. You might think I'm exaggerating, that, like many biographers after years of research and editing, Harlow Giles Unger was just a bit taken with his subject at the ti...
  • Jay Connor
    Mar 27, 2011
    A fascinating President who deserved a less subjective biography. Monroe by himself is due five stars, but the fawning, blind-eye treatment by Unger diminishes rather than elevates. I can't think of one situation where Unger finds fault in his hero. If recent historical biographers (fr...
  • Larry Bassett
    May 23, 2016
    This book is pretty effusive about the expansion of the United States. James Monroe was eager to make the country a one party political system in the book suggest that he had some success in bringing the parties together. The book is a bit giddy about the good feelings in the country. ...
  • Holly
    May 25, 2017
    Minus the slaves....not a bad dude. ...
  • John
    Aug 07, 2016
    I couldn't put this biography down. Like many of his contemporaries James Monroe's life was full of amazing accomplishments. As a teenager he volunteered to fight in the American Revolution, crossed the Delaware to be wounded at the Battle of Trenton, where he nearly bled to death. In ...
  • Tom Schulte
    Jun 21, 2015
    The last of the founding fathers: the last founding father president before John Quincy Adams (certainly the next generation) and the third to die on July 4. I usually don't think of Monroe when I consider the founders, but he was there in Revolutionary War battle and instrumental in t...
  • Regina Lindsey
    Sep 25, 2012
    James Monroe, as the last founding father to serve in the White House truly does close an era of history. Unfortunatley both he and Elizabeth Monroe have been largely overlooked by history to our detriment since there is much to learn from this family. As a young man Monroe joined...
  • John Brackbill
    Oct 11, 2013
    I listened to this on the audio book format. James Monroe was a loyal man, a family man, and a good friend. He remains influential today through the used and misused "Monroe" doctrine and he has forever left his stamp on American given his part in securing the vast territories that...
  • Joshua
    Sep 19, 2016
    It must be difficult to write a biography about someone without turning that person into something of a protagonist. I don't expect perfect objectivity from biographers - certainly if a person is worth writing about they probably evoke strong feelings one way or the other - but this bi...
  • Richard Bray
    Sep 11, 2016
    Harlow Giles Unger?s James Monroe biography, THE LAST FOUNDING FATHER: JAMES MONROE AND A NATION?S CALL TO GREATNESS, reads less like a biology and more like a sacred tomb for acolytes to use in worshipping the do-no-wrong object of their devotion. The parts where Unger is simpl...
  • J.
    Mar 16, 2013
    Hyperbole and inaccuracies abound. Hyperbole, I can forgive, inaccuracies I cannot. Monroe in this account, like a Dean Koontz character, can seem to do no wrong. I took this on because I had no time currently to read the biography by Harry Ammon, which is reportedly the best written a...
  • David Orphal
    Jun 12, 2015
    Unger has a wonderful topic in James Monroe: Revolutionary War hero, diplomat, Secretary of State and War, President. On documenting Monroe's life, Unger does a good job. 3-stars However, two things really stuck in my craw and lost a star on my review. First, Unger twice makes t...
  • Brian Pate
    Jan 02, 2013
    Interesting and fast-paced. Very pro-Monroe biography. Unger's thesis seems to be that Monroe is the rightful successor to Washington. He minimizes Monroe's three predecessors by calling them "mere caretaker presidents who left the nation bankrupt, its people deeply divided, its bo...
  • Jason Young
    Dec 20, 2017
    I think reading the founding fathers' biographies in close succession offers somewhat diminishing returns, as the first 3/4 of this, and the last few books, was rehashing what has already been read. Each author heavily favors their subject and can freely deride those before. Unger spen...
  • Steve
    May 06, 2013
    http://bestpresidentialbios.com/2013/... ?The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation?s Call to Greatness? is one of the most recent of author Harlow Unger?s nearly two dozen books. He is a former journalist, broadcaster and professor and has written biographies of J...
  • Nicolette Harding
    Sep 11, 2017
    Unger is a fantastic writer. He took somewhat bland subject matter (Louisiana Purchase) amd made it enjoyable and readable. This was quite the glowing love fest for Monroe. He was the last founding father, a poor planter, war hero who benefitted from the friendship and mentoring of Tho...
  • Martin Lowery
    Apr 28, 2018
    President who oversaw The Era of Good Feelings, James Monroe was one of the most successful and important US Presidents. Still utilized today in the present, the Monroe Doctrine was a testament to American strength, as well as aggression. While few primary source accounts exist...
  • Doreen Petersen
    Nov 08, 2013
    I really loved this book. To me James Madison was a just and honorable man and president. He gave his all for his country. What I find disturbing is the way subsequent politicians have perverted his legacy. I would definitely recommend this book. ...
  • Chandler Jechura
    Jun 07, 2018
    When it comes to the Presidency of James Monroe, things look pretty good on the surface. We have the beginning of the Era of Good Feelings, with the economy expanding, and westward expansion opening up new land opportunities. Monroe was elected to the Presidency by crushing margins, an...
  • Celia
    Jun 28, 2018
    The Last Founding Father: James Monroe This book, written by Harlow Giles Unger is an excellent read, full of many facts about James Monroe, his family, his friends, and his service to the colonies and to the United States. Some of the areas covered in this book are: Early Life ...
  • Gabriel Riekhof
    Nov 04, 2016
    Disclaimer: Most of the time, I have a favorite quote or theme, which serves as a logical beginning to any summary, but I have neither of those after reading this book. So, I am trying to balance writing a negative review without sounding like I?m complaining. I completely unders...
  • Ben Parsons
    Oct 16, 2017
    A fawning narrative of the 5th president that at the same time fails to provide a compelling picture of "the last founding father." ...
  • Chiqui Esteban
    Mar 25, 2017
    I understand how people who write a biography feel attached to the person they're writing about, but this Monroe biography reaches a ridiculous level, looking more like the book a grandmother would write about her grandson, if that grandmother was also deeply partisan. And in order to ...
  • Rachel Jorgensen
    May 01, 2018
    Feels like the author was more biased than previous... but the audible narrator?s voice was the best yet. ...
  • Dianne Durante
    Dec 05, 2017
    I disliked James Monroe (POTUS 1817-1825) when I met him while researching the Reynolds Affair (http://diannedurantewriter.com/archiv...). But I've decided to read a biography of each of the United States presidents in order, and I resolved to try to look at Monroe objectively. Unger's...