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    • The Last Founding Father

    • James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 618
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      4 out of 5 stars 524
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      4 out of 5 stars 517

    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 securing America's national and international durability.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Readable, but more hero worship than history

    • By Robert Bartel on 12-22-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • John Quincy Adams

    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

    He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president. John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Informative and well written.

    • By Gotta Tellya on 08-20-14

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Dr. Benjamin Rush

    • The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    A revealing biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush - fiery signer of the Declaration of Independence, prominent physician, ardent politician, zealous social reformer, passionate humanitarian, and dedicated educator. Known primarily as America's most influential and leading physician, Rush was also among the first to call for the abolition of slavery, equal rights for women, free education and health care for the poor, slum clearance, citywide sanitation facilities, an end to child labor, and universal public education, among other causes.

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Lion of Liberty

    • Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: William Hughes
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Known to generations of Americans for his stirring call to arms, “Give me liberty or give me death,” Patrick Henry is all but forgotten today as the first of the Founding Fathers to call for independence, the first to call for revolution, and the first to call for a bill of rights. If Washington was the “Sword of the Revolution” and Jefferson, “the Pen,” Patrick Henry more than earned his epithet as “the Trumpet” of the Revolution for rousing Americans to arms in the Revolutionary War.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Decent Book on an Amazing Character

    • By David I. Williams on 05-13-13

    Regular price: $19.56

    • John Marshall

    • The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    A soul-stirring biography of John Marshall, the young Republic's great chief justice who led the Supreme Court to power and brought law and order to the nation. In the political turmoil that convulsed America after George Washington's death, the surviving Founding Fathers went mad - literally pummeling each other in Congress and challenging one another to deadly duels in their quest for power. Out of the political intrigue, one man emerged to restore calm and dignity to the government: John Marshall.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History Alive

    • By Dale on 07-04-15

    Regular price: $27.97

    • American Tempest

    • How the Boston Tea Party Sparked a Revolution
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: William Hughes
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    On Thursday, December 16, 1773, an estimated seven dozen men, many amateurishly disguised as Indians—then a symbol of freedom—dumped about £10,000 worth of tea in the harbor. Whatever their motives at the time, they unleashed a social, political, and economic firestorm that would culminate in the Declaration of Independence two and a half years later.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • American Tempest

    • By Margaret on 04-03-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Improbable Patriot

    • The Secret History of Monsieur de Beaumarchais, the French Playwright Who Saved the American Revolution
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was an 18th-century French inventor, famed playwright, and upstart near-aristocrat in the court of King Louis XVI. In 1776, he conceived an audacious plan to send aid to the American rebels. What's more, he convinced the king to bankroll the project, and singlehandedly carried it out. By war's end, he had supplied Washington's army with most of its weapons and powder, though he was never paid or acknowledged by the United States. To some, he was a dashing hero - a towering intellect who saved the American Revolution. To others, he was pure rogue.

    • The Secret History of Monsieur de Beaumarchais, the French Playwright Who Saved the American Revolution
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 02-27-18
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Henry Clay

    • America's Greatest Statesman
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: John Lescault
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    A compelling new biography of America's most powerful speaker of the House, who held the divided nation together for three decades and who was Lincoln's guiding light.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Henry Clay - Better to Right than President

    • By Stephen on 05-22-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 'Mr. President'

    • George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office
    • By: Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Although the framers gave the president little authority, Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of his successors. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary and reshaped the presidency into what James Madison called a "monarchical presidency." Modern scholars call it the "imperial presidency."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A political genius

    • By Michael on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $20.97