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978-0-393-30048-2 / 039330048X

Alexander Hamilton: A Biography

by Forrest Mcdonald

Publisher:W. W. Norton and Company, Inc.

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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What Mr. McDonalds book does, with exceptional skill and learning, is to re-examine Hamiltons policies as secretary of the treasury. To this task the author brings a masterful knowledge of the politics of the period. . . . He brilliantly demonstrates how William Blackstone, David Hume and Jacques Necker affected Hamiltons thought. Finally, Mr. McDonald . . . gives the clearest exposition that I have ever seen of just what Hamiltons financial policies were and how they worked. David Herbert Donald, New York Times Book Review

The founders of the American republic were ardently concerned with the judgment of posterity. Had they known what a fickle muse Clio would prove to be, they might have been more anxious. The making of myths and legends, complete with a hagiology and demonology, is inherent in the process of evolution toward nationhood. Consequently, individual actors in the original drama have often been consigned by History to roles they did not actually play, and the most important of them have played shifting roles, being heroes in one generation and villains in the next. It is therefore not surprising that Alexander Hamiltonalong with Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madisonhas had his ups and downs at the hands of historians.

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