Thank You, Mr. Unger!
I can't believe that I was so totally unaware of the contributions of James Monroe. He has been totally eclipsed by Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, but according to Mr. Unger he may have been as instrumental as anyone in the success of the war for independence and he apparently played a large role in the Louisiana Purchase.
Without James Monroe would we even have the country we know today? It appears doubtful.
I was also unaware of the huge role he played in James Madison's administration and how successful his own two administrations were.
It is interesting that his popularity literally eliminated the two party system and may have contributed to problems in future years.
I found it a very informative read and would encourage others to learn more about James Monroe.
I'm in the process of devouring audiobooks on early American history. Thus far, I've listened to books on the first 4 presidents as well as Franklin (among others). This biography is the weakest I've encountered so far. The soaring horn intro and exit as well as the narrators deep and smooth voice bring to mind a campaign add. There seems to be very little objectivity or perspective on the part of the author. On the whole, I don't mind when an author openly admires a biography subject but at times this author glorifies Monroe at the expense of other figures like Madison and J.Q. Adams. The text is often trite and hyperbolic and riddled with political cliche's. If one is looking for a summary of Monroe's life with a decent summary of the first 50 years of U.S. history, it's not bad, but I wouldn't consider it a serious academic work.
Not a very informative biography of Jame Monroe. It comes across as being written for a 7th or 8th grade student, with more rah-rah than information.