Gene McAvoy's Reviews > The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

The Last Founding Father by Harlow Giles Unger
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Sep 23, 2009

it was amazing

I enjoyed this presidential bio, perhaps a bit more than the preceding 4 presidents. Monroe was much more of a patriot than I realized. It is a shame that the early presidents were treated so poorly by Congress. Each one Washington thru Monroe died heavily in debt or living as a dependent of their children. Conversely, it seems very sad that the last few presidents in my memory have been so lionized by their supporters. Perhaps Monroe was right - this country might do well without political parties that polarize so much of our existence. We need more independent achievers as leaders.
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David J Gill In fact, Washington did not die in debt. Monroe was excessively partisan and incidents in his career suggest a disappointing tendency for hypocrisy which may explain the remark you ascribe to him.

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