Books

This is a partial list of books available in our Museum Store. If you would like to purchase a book from our Store or if you’re looking for something that’s not on the list, feel free to contact our Store Manager, Tracy DeBernard.

James Monroe

James Monroe: An Illustrated History $19.95illustrated-history
By: Daniel Preston

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, this pictorial history of James Monroe is worth many millions. This lovely biography, illustrated with paintings, maps, and photographs, offers a unique glimpse into the life of James Monroe and the world that helped shape him into the great president he became.

The images in this book are intertwined with a quick-paced and informative narrative of Monroe’s journey from Westmoreland County, where he was born, through his years in public office, his presidency, and finally to his retirement and death. Written and compiled by the editor of the Papers of James Monroe, Dr. Daniel Preston. Published by The University of Mary Washington, this book is a must-have for your coffee table or library.

 

James Monroe and the Quest for National Identity $21.95
By: Harry Ammon

“From Monroe’s birth on the Virginia Tidewater to his presidency, we now have a detailed authoritative recording of that remarkable career. One feels sure that we now have, for a long time to come, the book on Monroe to which all will turn.” —review by Ralph Ketcham Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

 

The Autobiography of James Monroe $29.95
By: James Monroe, with Forward by William Ferraro

autobiography-of-jm-scanOriginally published in 1959, The Autobiography of James Monroe collects compelling fragments of Monroe’s unfinished life story, written after his retirement from the presidency. Previously edited by Stuart Gerry Brown, this new edition includes a foreword by historian and documentary editor William Ferraro. Ferraro details the ways this founding father’s legacy continues to unfold.

“This new edition of The Autobiography of James Monroe, with a lively and insightful foreword by William M. Ferraro, is a great service to our fifth president, to scholars plumbing his life and times, and to general readers. Few men had a more intimate view of the nation’s first half century than James Monroe. Here is what he saw.”
—review by Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author.

 

The Glorious Hour of Lt. Monroe $11.95
By: Richard Hanser

Eighteen-year-old Lieutenant James Monroe, later our fifth President, has his glorious hour at last when he leads the charge against Hessian cannon and becomes the Continental Army’s only serious casualty in its surprise attack on Trenton. Even readers not normally inclined to the genre can appreciate the pride of Monroe’s Third Virginia Infantry Regiment in the American victory.

Well written and highly insightful with great details you’ve likely never read before.

 

The Making of a Revolutionary $4.95
By: Meghan C. Budinger

Read the enlightening story of how and why James Monroe became such a true patriot of the American cause during the colonies’ revolutionary war against England. Learn how that experience influenced the remainder of his life.

You can uncover all the facts in this informative and fascinating book authored by JMM’s own former curator Meghan C. Budinger.

 

The Presidency of James Monroe $4.00
By: Daniel Preston

This book by the editor of The Papers of James Monroe features a thorough look at specific events during Monroe’s time as president.

 

Narrative of the Life of James Monroe with Chronology $6.95life-of-jm
By: Daniel Preston

A biography and timeline of the life of James Monroe. Are you looking for a compact history of our fifth president? Then this is the book for you. A quick and easy to read, this publication by Daniel Preston will make you a competent James Monroe scholar in no time!

 

Quotations of James Monroe $6.95
By: Daniel Preston and Heidi Stello

Read James Monroe’s own words. Learn how he felt about notable figures of his time. Delight in his personal messages to his family members, including his beloved wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, and discover the character of the man who was our fifth president. This enlightening volume will be a wonderful addition to your library!

 

Images of a President: Portraits of James Monroe $6.95
Edited by: Lee A. Langston-Harrison

James Monroe sat for nearly two dozen portraits, the first when he was in his late thirties and the last in his seventy-third and final year of life. The resulting group of likenesses gives us a good idea of Monroe’s appearance over the course of four decades, and he had the good fortune to be depicted by some of the leading artists of his day.

 

A Presidential Legacy: The Monroe Collection $19.95
By: Lee A. Langston-Harrison

This book was developed by former JMM curator Lee Langston-Harrison to provide visitors with a concise and easy-to-read resource on Monroe’s life as well as the collections at the Museum.

The staff at JMM, both present and former, are proud of the preeminent collection of furniture, decorative arts, fine art, domestic wares, weaponry, textiles, books, and papers that has been amassed in this institution.

 

Monroe USA $4.95
By: Larisa Wicklander

A collection of place names honoring our fifth president. Throughout the history of the United States, presidential names have frequently been bestowed upon towns, cities, counties, states, and natural features. During America’s early years, the nation’s enthusiasm for the Revolutionary War coincided with rapid settlement in the eastern half of the country. Not surprisingly, widespread patriotism and economic development led to the proliferation of places named in honor of America’s founding fathers.

Monroe negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, acquired the Florida Territory, and increased settlement of western states and some southern states. As a result, several places named in his honor dot each of these areas. In total, more than 200 places in the United States are named directly or indirectly after James Monroe.

 

The Monroes

Elizabeth Kortright Monroe $4.00
By: James E. Wooton

James Monroe met Elizabeth Kortright in 1785 while he was in New York as a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress. On February 16, 1786 they were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in New York. After living in New York for several months, they departed for Fredericksburg, Virginia in October 1786.

 

Our Face to the World: The Clothing of James and Elizabeth Monroe $10.95
By: Meghan Budinger

our-face-to-the-world-straightThe James Monroe Museum’s exhibit featuring the clothing of James and Elizabeth Monroe originally opened in 2009. This collection has been a highlight of the Museum, captivating visitors for many years. The restoration of the Monroe costume collection took more than four years, many grants, fund raising, and endless research to complete. This book allows you to become personally familiar with the Monroe family wardrobe. Their clothing was an essential tool in playing the part of public servants while representing their nation when abroad. Throughout their lives they would be America’s “face to the world.”

 

Monroe Family Recipes $4.00
Edited by: Judith E. Kosik

This collection of recipes was compiled over the course of several years. Members of the staff at James Monroe’s Highland collected the recipes from letters and documents of the Monroe family. Guides and demonstrators conducted tests over an open hearth and in their own kitchens. Those tests led most of the recipes to be converted to twentieth-century measurements. The original recipe is included with each updated version.

 

Early America

Faiths of Our Founding Fathers $20.00
By: David L. Holmes

In this compact book, David L. Holmes offers a clear, concise and illuminating look at the spiritual beliefs of our founding fathers. He begins with an informative account of the religious culture of the late colonial era, surveying the religious groups in each colony.

Although the founding fathers were religious men, Holmes shows that it was a faith quite unlike the Christianity of today’s evangelicals.

An intriguing look at a neglected aspect of our history, the book will appeal to American history buffs as well as to anyone concerned about the role of religion in American culture.

 

Founding Friendships $34.95
By: Cassandra A. Good

Can men and women be friends? The question founding-friendships-from-oup-site has been asked in many contexts in popular culture and academia for generations. Cassandra Good’s Founding Friendships is the first book to look at this question in the context of the early American nation. [Good is associate editor of The Papers of James Monroe.]

Founding Friendships was recently awarded The Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize by the Organization of American Historians. The prize is given for ‘the most original’ book in U.S. Women’s and/or Gender History. The OAH defines ‘the most original’ book as one that is a path breaking work or challenges and/or changes widely accepted scholarly interpretations in the field.

 

Jefferson and Monroe Constant Friendship and Respect $12.95
By: Noble E. Cunningham, Jr.

A detailed history about the friendship between James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson.

Both men are remembered for their closely0-alligned views, whether political, geographical, intellectual, or emotional. Politically they were connected as like-minded Republicans who served in many of the same key political offices in Virginia, within the federal government, or even abroad in France. In his early relationship with Jefferson, Monroe stood in the shadow of his mentor. Jefferson soon regarded Monroe as his equal, and, as time passed, their friendship strengthened and endured.

 

Common Sense $9.95
By: Thomas Paine

Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the thirteen American Colonies. Originally published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first published work to openly call for independence from Great Britain.

 

The American Revolution: A History $15.00
By: Gordon S. Wood

american-revolution-a-history-by-gordon-woodPulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood’s concise history of the American Revolution earned this comment from the Los Angeles Times Book Review: “This slim book tells a big story: one that invites the reader to contemplate the relationships between liberty, power, rights and the unpredictable outcomes of human action.” Wood’s book gives an overview not just of the Revolutionary War, but also of the events that preceded and followed the war, creating a new nation.

 

The Cultural Life of the American Colonies $16.95
By: Luis B. Wright

Authoritative and perceptive, this sweeping survey covers 150 years of cultural evolution in colonial America, from 1607 to 1763. Developments in religion, literature, education, and social thought receive a thorough analysis, enlivened by a blend of wit and panache that captures all the excitement of forming a new civilization.

Written by a distinguished scholar and educator who served as director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and specialized in the colonial era, this volume addresses a broad array of topics: the region’s agrarian society and leadership; influence of non-English elements; variety of religions and zeal for education; reading habits and the desire for learning; literary production in the North and South; drama, music, and other diversions; architecture and the decorative arts; scientific interests and observations; and many other fascinating subjects.

 

Peacekeepers and Conquerors $45.00
By: Samuel J. Watson

Watson, professor of history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, focuses on the quarter-century between the United States Army’s reduction in force in 1821 and the Mexican-American War. Throughout his account, Watson shows how military professionalism did not develop independent of civilian society, nor was it simply a matter of growing expertise in the art of conventional warfare. By examining the range of operations over the course of this quarter-century, he shows that the processes of peacekeeping, coercive diplomacy, and conquest were intricately and inextricably woven together.

 

Diary of an Early American Boy $12.95
By: Eric Sloane

diary-of-an-early-american-boy-coverFor his fifteenth birthday in 1805, young Noah Blake’s parents gave him a little leather-bound diary in which he recorded the various activities on his father’s farm. This reprint of an actual early nineteenth-century book provides today’s readers with a delightful rarity — a view of bygone days through the eyes of a young boy. Eric Sloane has taken the notebook with its brief comments and expanded the daily entries with explanatory narrative and 72 of his own remarkable drawings.

 

Southern Federalists $23.95
By: James H. Broussard

During the past quarter century America’s first party system has been the focus of a substantial amount of scholarly research. The Southern Federalists, 1800-1816 is the first attempt to chart the history of the Federalist Party in the South following the election of 1800.

 

Brandywine $34.95
By: Michael C. Harris

The book is an in-depth military history of the Battle of Brandywine, one of the pivotal battles of the Revolutionary War in which James Monroe fought.

This battle, also known as the Battle of Brandywine Creek, was fought between the American army of General George Washington and the British army of General Sir William Howe on September 11, 1777. The British Army defeated the Americans and forced them to withdraw toward Philadelphia. More troops fought at Brandywine than in any other battle of the Revolutionary War.

 

Mistress of Riversdale: The Plantation Letters of Rosalie Stier Calvert $23.95
Edited by: Margaret Callcott

Recipient of the Maryland Historical Society’s Annual Book Prize. Peruse a collection of letters that document the timeless elements of domestic life—family, relationships, childbirth, illness, household chores. The reader is transported to the ups and downs of daily living at the Riversdale Plantation.

Review on Goodreads.com: “This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. . . I found it fascinating to read a first person account of life in America at that time. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you like history and/or biographies.”

 

Childrens’ Books

Let’s Visit James Monroe $11.95
By: Julia Livi

lets-visit-jmThis beautifully illustrated children’s book finds Grandma Mac and her grandchildren, Jessica and Carl, visiting The James Monroe Museum. The jolly director welcomes them and hints that the museum is a place where history comes to life. The family discovers what he means when James Monroe emerges from a portrait and takes them on a personal tour!

The surprised visitors witness important historical events and artifacts related to them, and meet Monroe’s wife and daughters, plus historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte. They also see what life was like in the White House in the 1820s, coming face to face with the reality of slavery. They indulge in the flavors and entertainment of the era, sipping hot chocolate and listening to music played on a pianoforte. All of the artifacts highlighted in the book are described in detail, and are featured in exhibits at The James Monroe Museum.

 

Discover James Monroe $3.95
By: Dick Ruehrweir

Most people know that James Monroe was President of the United States, but many know little more about him. This book will help you learn about the life of Monroe and his family, and about all the work he did for the people of the United States of America and the world.

If you have not yet been to our museums—James Monroe’s Highland near Charlottesville, Virginia and The James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, VA—we hope that you and your family or classmates will come to visit us. Then you will actually see the things described in the book and learn more about them. We look forward to welcoming you and to helping you enjoy Discover James Monroe in the places where he lived and worked.

 

Our Country’s Presidents $12.48
By: Ann Bausum

Read about the first forty-four men that have taken up the responsibilities of the Presidency as the nation has grown from its colonial infancy into a modern superpower. They’ve faithfully executed the duties of the President–waged war, signed treaties, addressed Congress, and established government offices.

Our Country’s Presidents is packed with information about America’s leaders. Find out why George Washington gave up his life as a Virginia planter to lead a nation, and why John Tyler was nicknamed “His Accidency.” Walk with the Presidents through wars, depressions, civil rights movements, and the race for space. Romp with the Garfield kids in a White House pillow fight and mourn with the nation John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

 

The American Revolution from A to Z $16.99
By: Ann Bausum

Here history comes to life with the ABCs of America’s fight for freedom. From B’s Battles of Lexington and Concord to H’s John Hancock and O’s Old Glory, this alphabet book provides an exciting and interesting history of the American Revolution. The colorful pages feature Gen. George Washington and dozens of other patriots, along with the Redcoats, the United States Constitution, and the Thirteen Colonies.

 

Virginia

Virginia Presidents Guide $18.50
By: Richard E. Dixon

Hail to the Chiefs! The historical narrative guides the traveler through the lives of the eight men from Virginia who became president of the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

This unique history and travel guide is presented with special attention not only to presidential homes, but to the many other sites for each president that may be visited. fredericksburg-guidebook-and-va-presidents-guide-3 The sites are grouped so you can plan your trip.

 

Fredericksburg: The Official Guide $13.50
By: Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

A good resource for discovering Fredericksburg’s wealth of historic neighborhoods, structures, and monuments.

 

Virginians All $12.95
By: Carlo Uchello

The history of the Commonwealth of Virginia is rich with the names of outstanding men and women who, as Virginians and Americans, made lasting contributions to our society that even today lead, inspire and entertain us.

James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, James Madison, Sir Walter Raleigh, Patrick Henry, Pocahontas, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark are just a few of the well-known Virginians found in this comprehensive list. Peruse the pages for more famous Virginians!

 

War of 1812

187 Things You Should Know About the War of 1812 $15.00
By: Donald Hickey

Long overshadowed by the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 remains a largely forgotten conflict. Its origins as part of the larger Napoleonic wars layered complex issues that to this day make the conflict difficult to understand.

With an engaging question-and-answer format, this book offers a concise and informative introduction to the War of 1812, clearing much of the fog that surrounds it.

“187 Things You Should Know about the War of 1812 is a choice pick for public, high school, and even college library collections due to its concise, reader-friendly format.” — Midwest Book Review

 

The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812 $39.95
By: Donald Hickey and Connie Clark

This engagingly told and richly illustrated history invites readers to travel back in time and imagine what it would have been like to live through the War of 1812, America’s forgotten conflict.

Offering readers an impressive array of images―some rarely before seen―and a crisp narrative, the book recounts the war’s main battles and campaigns, from William Hull’s ignominious surrender at Detroit in 1812 to Andrew Jackson’s spectacular victory at New Orleans in 1815. Learn about Oliver H. Perry’s remarkable victory on Lake Erie and the ensuing death of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Witness the devastation on the Niagara Front as the balance of power shifted back and forth. Watch as Thomas Macdonough executes a masterstroke on Lake Champlain, winning a great naval battle and saving upper New York from occupation. Experience the demoralizing British raids in the Chesapeake that culminated in the burning of Washington, D.C., and the successful defense of Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

 

The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict $24.95
By: Donald Hickey

This comprehensive and authoritative history of the War of 1812, thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the conflict, is a myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students, historians, and general readers alike. Donald R. Hickey explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada.

The newly expanded The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Edition includes additional information on the British forces, American Indians, and military operations such as the importance of logistics and the use and capabilities of weaponry. Hickey explains how the war promoted American nationalism and manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America’s reputation abroad. He also shows that the war sparked bloody conflicts between pro-war Republican and anti-war Federalist neighbors, dealt a crippling blow to American Indians, and solidified the United States’ antipathy toward the British.

 

The War of 1812: A Short History $20.00
By: Donald Hickey

war-of-1812-a-short-historyThis abridged edition of Donald R. Hickey’s comprehensive and authoritative The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict was thoroughly revised for the 200th anniversary of the war. A myth-shattering study that will inform and entertain students and general readers alike, The War of 1812: A Short History explores the military, diplomatic, and domestic history of our second war with Great Britain, bringing the study up to date with recent scholarship on all aspects of the war, from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada.

With new information on military operations, logistics, and the use and capabilities of weaponry, The War of 1812: A Short History explains how the war promoted American nationalism, reinforced the notion of manifest destiny, stimulated peacetime defense spending, and enhanced America’s reputation abroad.

 

The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 $27.00
By: Gene Allen Smith

Images of American slavery conjure up cotton plantations and African American slaves locked in bondage until the Civil War. Yet early on in the nineteenth century the state of slavery was very different, and the political vicissitudes of the young nation offered diverse possibilities to slaves. In the century’s first two decades, the nation waged war against Britain, Spain, and various Indian tribes. Slaves played a role in the military operations, and the different sides viewed them as a potential source of manpower. While surprising numbers did assist the Americans, the wars created opportunities for slaves to find freedom among the Redcoats, the Spaniards, or the Indians. Author Gene Allen Smith, professor of history at Texas Christian University, draws on a decade of original research and his curatorial work at the Fort Worth Museum in this fascinating and original narrative history. The way the young nation responded sealed the fate of slaves for the next half century until the Civil War. This drama sheds light on an extraordinary yet little known chapter in the dark saga of American history.

 

The Evil Necessity $29.95
By: Denver Brunsman

Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at The George Washington University, describes in vivid detail the experience of impressment for Atlantic seafarers and their families. Brunsman reveals how forced service robbed approximately 250,000 mariners of their livelihoods, and, not infrequently, their lives, while also devastating Atlantic seaport communities and the loved ones who were left behind.

Drawing on ships’ logs, merchants’ papers, personal letters and diaries, as well as engravings, political texts, and sea ballads, Brunsman shows how ultimately the controversy over impressment contributed to the American Revolution and served as a leading cause of the War of 1812.