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About the Book
The extraordinary life of James Monroe: soldier, senator, diplomat, and the last Founding Father to hold the presidency, a man who helped transform thirteen colonies into a vibrant and mighty republic.
Monroe lived a life defined by revolutions. From the battlefields of the War for Independence, to his ambassadorship in Paris in the days of the guillotine, to his own role in the creation of Congress’s partisan divide, he was a man who embodied the restless spirit of the age. He was never one to back down from a fight, whether it be with Alexander Hamilton, with whom he nearly engaged in a duel (prevented, ironically, by Aaron Burr), or George Washington, his hero turned political opponent.
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About the Author
Tim McGrath is a two-time winner of the Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature for his books John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail (2010) and Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea (2014), which also won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
About the Special Guest
Dr. Sara Bon-Harper is the Executive Director of James Monroe's Highland in Albemarle County, Virginia, a department of William & Mary. The research she has directed has transformed the interpretation of the property and contributes to a new understanding of James Monroe. She is an archaeologist with research experience in the historic period in Virginia, and on peripheries in the Roman world.