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James Monroe

A Captivating Guide to the Founding Father Who Served as the Fifth President of the United States
Narrated by: Desmond Manny
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
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Summary

Explore the captivating life of James Monroe.

From plantation owner to diplomat to US president, James Monroe was known for his tenacity in pursuing what he thought was right, while also being honored for his fair policies, such as the Monroe Doctrine and policies to develop the country’s infrastructure. These traits were recognized in 1816, when the West African country of Liberia changed its name to Monrovia, in honor of James Monroe. It serves as the only international capital named after a US president and only one of two capitals in the world named after a US president - the other being Washington, D.C.

This captivating history audiobook covers topics such as:

  • His early years
  • The Revolutionary War
  • Early political career and family life
  • Ambassador to France
  • James Monroe, slave owner
  • The governorship and return to France
  • The War of 1812
  • The fifth president
  • First presidential tour
  • Second presidential tour
  • The era of good feelings challenged
  • Reelection and building the country
  • Post presidency
  • And much more!

So if you want to learn more about the remarkable life of James Monroe, listen to this audiobook now!

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I like to read, Five Stars.

Very useful in my presidential biography project, Heart to read about how out country was formed.

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I can't wait for the sequel...

A gripping story, James grows from childhood to young womanhood as King Edwin's seer, and a warrior skilled enough to protect herself. The twists and turns of Edwin's climb to power, the everyday life if the court and people of that time have been well researched.

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The exciting James, the best personality.

It is to be said that, the important and interesting facts concerning this great president were lost. But this author does a great job to search the facts and bind that in this book.

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Very well described.

There is so much but also, that Monroe was American Minister to France during the French Revolution, a decidedly difficult position to be in, and that his wife procured the rescue of Madame de Lafayette from prison at that time, and he effected the release of Thomas Paine. This book was quite compelling, and quite interesting.

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Its not a cut and paste history.

This was an excellent biography of a president who has a fine reputation, but whose life and service to his country are not known in detail as well as they should be. Unger is, perhaps, a bit over-impressed by his subject; in reviews of other presidential biographies I have taken the authors to task when they seemed disinclined to show a balanced perspective on their subject and are instead too fawning, and it is possible to see Unger treating Monroe with the same sort of deference.

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A Thorough History...

Monroe continues to serve at every level of government and being universally loved by all. Despite losing his bid for a seat in the first congress to James Madison, the two men hold no grudges. He becomes a congressman, a senator, a four term Governor of Virginia before turning to the diplomatic service. There is much more to discuss here but I would urge you to listen to it yourself.

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  • Hanna Macleod
  • 29-09-18

The book covers a lot of ground in a hurry.

A book does not always have to be as detailed as the great books I have just cited to be good. In fact, having read thus far, this book has made more clear some of the events I read about in the other books. Reviews are important. I read them to help me decide to purchase a book, but some reviewers give a distorted view of a book based on their own biases.

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  • Jason T. Chen
  • 29-09-18

Well written, based on thorough, sound research.

I found this very informative about the men/women of this time. I enjoyed learning how lives intertwined. Monroe's accomplishments have been over shadowed by the close relationship of Jefferson and Madison. I wish our students had the time and opportunity to learn in more detail of the building of our nation. Russia and Egypt are going through similar challenges right now. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history.

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  • John M. Depasquale
  • 29-09-18

A day that will live in infamy (May-29)

When the heathen armies of Mehmet II completed their armed theft of Asia Minor, they set about capturing the Balkans. In 1453, after having conquered quite a lot of territory to the East Roman capital's east, they finally took "Tsargrad" itself. Here lies the origin of modern Turkey, where -- as seen in _From the Holy Mountain_ -- ignorant Turkish schoolgirls harass the indigenous Greeks by asking "Why did you ever come here? All you do is cause trouble." One might say the same of the Turks, who stole every inch of their current country from the Greeks (who, in the ninth century B.C., founded Byzantium-New Rome-Constantinople-Istanbul). Mehmet II gets a sympathetic treatment from Sir Steven, but beneath the positive descriptions one can see very little admiration. What was to admire, indeed, in a culture that then, as now, had never contributed one positive thing to the world? Finally, East Rome could not survive the centuries-old aggression of the barbarians from the east (who were helped by the periodic depredations of the "Christian" barbarians from the west). If one event since A.D. 33 has been tragic, this is it. Read this book, but don't stop there.

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  • Michael C. Walker
  • 29-09-18

Learn about Monroe in a relatively easy read.

Great book in great shape...enjoyed it fully! These founding fathers were something. Very enlightening reading. It is amazing they established our country with all the arguing they did. But they realized the nation came first. But slave owners fighting for rights and freedom was a bit hypocritical. It is great to see more of their personal lives, too.

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  • Mattie S. Bates
  • 29-09-18

Great If You Want A Quick Overview.

The book is exactly what most reviewers indicated: a good overview of Monroe's life and impact on history without tedious historical minutia. The author's opinions of previous president's to me but I got what I wanted to learn about Monroe in a relatively easy read.

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  • Debrah Sandra
  • 28-09-18

Past US Presidents Facts

This book was concise and easy to read. The author did an admirable job of hitting on the key events of James Monroe's life. However, if you are a serious student of history this book is scant on serious details, which is to be expected when considering the length of about 3 hrs and 33 mins.

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  • Aviles Nettie
  • 28-09-18

James Monroe and a Nation's Call To Greatness.

Monroe's Presidency was called the "Era of Good Feeling" for good reason, and this book covers that and much more quite well in a readable style.

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  • Pamela
  • 28-09-18

World Political Experience. learn here.

The many foreign diplomatic positions Monroe held paid dividends both over there and here in the US. I am still amazed at the amount of travel these people managed to do at a time when it was not that easily done. I am also amazed at the lack of financial support the federal government gave the diplomats along with paltry pay. Many left government at the end of their service almost broke. Aren't we all richer for their dedication to their country? We all owe them a big debt yet today.

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  • Leroy Carter
  • 28-09-18

Fantastic read for early US history!

I'm on a personal reading adventure of US Presidents' biographies. This one gives the most comprehensive look at US history from per-Revolutionary War days through the broad expansion of the country with James Monroe's influence. With interesting writing style, the author brings the reader in contact with each of the Presidents from Washington to Jackson, gives insight to early international diplomacy, and the roots of the wonderful experiment of the republic of the United States of America.

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  • Wilda Sullivan
  • 28-09-18

A great founding father of the history.

Loved the book. Monroe is a very descent man who served his country and did so at personal expense. I only wish that in our own era of money-accuracy more politicians would look at Monroe's self sacrifice.