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The author of the book: Gary Hart (politics)
Edition: Times Books
Date of issue: October 5th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780805069600
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I suppose it is inevitable that James Monroe should be forever rated fourth of the first four and greatest of Virginia presidents. He was a soldier less majestic than Washington; a diplomat less sophisticated than Jefferson; and an upholder of the Constitution less articulate than Madison.
Still, he was an honest and honorable man (although perhaps a bit too thin-skinned), always ready to serve his country in any capacity but, being too scrupulous and proud to benefit from such service, destined to die in debt. A Revolutionary war hero grievously wounded at Trenton, he gave good advice during the War of 1812, and, if Secretary of War Armstrong had had heeded that his advice, the White House would not have been burnt. As President he supported the Missouri Compromise, which kept America united for a generation, and (together with Secretary of State John Quincy Adams) fashioned the Monroe Doctrine, an important contribution to American foreign policy.
Perhaps most important of all, as Gary Hart argues, Monroe was our first “national security” president, “whose consistent underlying motivation was to expand and establish the borders of the United States and to make it the dominant power in the Western Hemisphere, free of European interference.” Gary Hart does an excellent job making his case, and gives us a portrait of a James Monroe who—whatever his limitations may be when compared to the three great Virginians—would have possessed the grit and presence of mind to meet the challenges of the 20th and 21st century.
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Gary Hart represented the state of Colorado in the U.S. Senate from 1975 until 1987. He is the Wirth Chair professor at the University of Colorado, chairs both the Council for a Livable World and the American Security Project, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and he was cochair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century. The commission performed the most comprehensive review of national security since 1947, predicted the terrorist attacks on America, and proposed a sweeping overhaul of U.S. national security structures and policies for the post-Cold War century and the age of terrorism. Senator Hart is the author of 17 books, including The Courage of Our Convictions: A Manifesto for Democrats, The Shield and the Cloak: Security in the Commons, and God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics.
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