A non-fiction historical account of the drive from Normandy to Germany. The book is a treasure trove of soldiers’ portraits, personal accounts and interviews.
The book is a good discussion starter about President Monroe, it is by no means a complete biography, but it’s not meant to be either. The narrow scope of the book is interesting, concise and well written; a welcomed introduction a president many have forgotten.
From what I understand, author Jane Singer used Asia Booth’s diary as her basis for this book which makes her take on the events following the assassination of President Lincoln unique.
I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. 184 pages Publisher: Times Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0805069054 My rating for James Madison — 3 Buy James Madison from Amazon.com* More Books by Garry Wills* This short biography of James Madison focuses on his time as president of the United States – imagine a biography of Miguel de Cervantes focusing on his time as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment. James Madison was a great theorist, extraordinary writer, cunning politician and an effective legislator – but as president he was simply “good”. Madison was never counted as one of the great presidents and author Garry Wills acknowledges as such in the opening of the book. As a matter of a complete biography this approach, in my mind, is the opposite of what it should be. Wills points this out and follows with a clear, clean and interesting biography focusing on Madison’s administration. The book is divided into five parts: – Introduction – Pre-Presidential Years(1751 -1809) – The Presidency: First Term (1809-1813) – The Presidency: Second Term…
An elegant, informative and well researched book, yet a bit strange and differs from other biographies
John Adams, an interesting figure, was a person with a high standard of integrity, a standard which drove him all his life. The president’s relations with his contemporaries such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and especially Thomas Jefferson were intriguing and fascinating.
The one aspect of this biography which made an impression on me is the author’s ability to connect the dots when considering why Washington, as he got older, acted in a certain way or made a certain decision. Mr. Ellis traces event back in Washington’s earlier life which explain, or try at least, his course of action.