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James Monroe: The American Presidents Series: The 5th President, 1817-1825

James Monroe: The American Presidents Series: The 5th President, 1817-1825

(Book #5 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: James Monroe: The American Presidents Series: The 5th President, 1817-1825

The former senator and presidential candidate offers a provocative new assessment of the first national security president: James Monroe.

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

Unlike his predecessors Jefferson and Madison, Monroe was at his core a military man. He joined the Continental Army at the age of seventeen and served with distinction in many pivotal battles. (He is prominently featured at Washington's side in the iconic painting Washington Crossing the Delaware.) And throughout his career as a senator, governor, ambassador, secretary of state, secretary of war, and president, he never lost sight of the fact that without secure borders and friendly relations with neighbors, the American people could never be truly safe in their independence. As president he embarked on an ambitious series of treaties, annexations, and military confrontations that would secure America's homeland against foreign attack for nearly two hundred years. Hart details the accomplishments and priorities of this forward-looking president, whose security concerns clearly echo those we face in our time.

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Gary Hart is an esteemed American politician, diplomat, and author known for his distinct mark on American political history. Hart served as a U.S. senator from Colorado from 1975 to 1987, where his legislation and policymaking skill left an indelible imprint, particularly in the reform sector. Aside from his political career, Hart's appointment as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland by President Clinton in 2014 showcased his diplomatic acumen, resulting in substantial contributions to global peacekeeping efforts. His intellect and political expertise extend to his writing career, where he has authored numerous well-received books. Hart's works span fiction, non-fiction, and commentary on American politics and policy, further reflecting his multidimensional talents. His writing has earned him a respected place amongst political authors, offering valuable insight honed from years of firsthand experience and knowledge. Always passionate about public affairs, Gary Hart's life demonstrates continuing commitment to service, both domestically and internationally. His multifaceted career underscores a complex individual whose contributions to politics, diplomacy, and literature have significantly impacted how we view and understand public service.

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