The Best Books To Learn About President James Monroe

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James Monroe Quick Facts

President Number 5
Terms In Office 2
Years 1817-1825
Political Party Democratic-Republican
Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins
Home State Virginia
Slaves Owned 75
Presidential Pet  Siberian Husky (Sebastian)
Articles Used in Ranking  12
Number of Unique Books  10

 

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The Best Book About James Monroe
(Appears on 6 Lists)



The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness by Harlow Giles Unger

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mashable
  • Presidents USA
  • The Tailored Man
  • The Washington Post

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’sJohn 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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#2 Book
(Appears on 5 Lists)



James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity by Harry Ammon

James Monroe- The Quest for National Identity by Harry Ammon
Lists It Appears On:

  • At Times Dull
  • Best Presidential Bios
  • Library of Congress
  • Mandi Lindner
  • Presidents USA

A biography of James Monroe who became the fifth president of the United States in 1816. Ammon recreates his remarkable career, through his service in the revolutionary army, the Confederation Congress, to his exertions in James Madison’s cabinet and his subsequent presidency.

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#3 Book
(Appears on 3 Lists)



James Monroe by Gary Hart

James Monroe (The American Presidents #5) by Gary Hart, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Lists It Appears On:

  • All The Presidents Books
  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

James Monroe is remembered today primarily for two things: for being the last of the “Virginia Dynasty”—following George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison—and for issuing the Monroe Doctrine, his statement of principles in 1823 that the western hemisphere was to be considered closed to European intervention. But Gary Hart sees Monroe as a president ahead of his time, whose priorities and accomplishments in establishing America’s “national security” have a great deal in common with chief executives of our own time.

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#4-5
(Appear on 2 Lists Each)



The Monroe Doctrine, 1823-1826 by Dexter Perkins

The Monroe Doctrine, 1823-1826 by Dexter Perkins
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

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The Presidency of James Monroe by Noble E. Cunningham Jr.

The Presidency of James Monroe (American Presidency Series) by Noble E. Cunningham Jr.
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress
  • Presidents USA

Filled with new insights and fresh interpretations, this is the richest study yet published on the presidency of James Monroe, the last Revolutionary War hero to ascend to that august office.

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#6-10
(Appear on 1 List Each)



Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation by Chris DeRose

Founding Rivals- Madison vs. Monroe, The Bill of Rights, and The Election that Saved a Nation by Chris DeRose
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

In 1789, James Madison and James Monroe ran against each other for Congress—the only time that two future presidents have contested a congressional seat.

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James Monroe by W.P. Cresson

James Monroe by W.P. Cresson
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

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Jefferson and Monroe: Constant Friendship and Respect by Noble E. Cunningham

Jefferson and Monroe- Constant Friendship and Respect Cunningham, Noble E
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

From the moment Governor Thomas Jefferson handpicked a young soldier named James Monroe to serve as an aide during the Revolutionary War, a vital friendship and political alliance was born. Both men served as governor of Virginia, minister to France, secretary of state, and president for two terms. Their lives overlapped even more clearly through shared friendships with individuals such as James Madison; shared interests, such as the creation of the University of Virginia; and shared missions, including the completion of the Louisiana Purchase.

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The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield

The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield
Lists It Appears On:

  • Library of Congress

Here is history as delightful as it is profound. Exploring the period between Jeffersonian democracy and Jacksonian democracy, George Dangerfield describes the personalities and experiences, American and European, which furthered the political transition “from the great dictum that central government is best when it governs least to the great dictum that central government must sometimes intervene strongly on behalf of the weak and the oppressed and the exploited.” The book, winner of the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes, throws new and fresh light on an important formative period in American history.

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The Writings of James Monroe by James Monroe

The Political Writings of James Monroe by James Monroe, James P. Lucier
Lists It Appears On:

  • Presidents USA

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The Best James Monroe Book Lists Consulted



Source Article
All The Presidents Books One Through Forty-Two or Forty-Three
At Times Dull Janet’s Presidential Biography Project & Blog
Best Presidential Bios The Best Presidential Biographies
Huffington Post Presidents’ Day History: The Must-Reads Of Presidential Biographies
Library of Congress Selected Bibliography
Mandi Lindner 44 Presidents and Their Definitive Biographies
Mashable Why I’m spending a year reading about every U.S. president
Presidential History Presidential Resources
Presidential History (Again) Pulitzer Prize Winning Books About Presidents
Presidents USA FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JAMES MONROE
The Tailored Man The 44 Best Presidential Biographies
The Washington Post The Fix’s list of best presidential biographies

 

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