|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2000|
|Number of Pages:||240|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.55|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75|
|St. Croix/Manhattan||p. 13|
|Treasury Secretary||p. 75|
Brookhiser is a senior editor at the National Review and an acolyte of conservative political commentators William F. Buckley Jr. and William Rusher. Given these credentials, it is not surprising to find that he admires Alexander Hamilton and other early Federalists. Even readers who do not share Brookhiser's political views, however, will find his new book authoritative and great fun to read. Brookhiser manages to make accessible even the most arcane financial policies of America's first secretary of the treasury.
As in his earlier Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (LJ 2/1/96), Brookhiser manages in relatively few pages to offer a persuasive portrait of a founding father. Avoiding hagiography, he demonstrates that Hamilton was not an evil agent of big money and big government but genuinely an American in his devotion to the interests of the entire nation rather than to particular states, regions, or classes. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries. Thomas J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., NY
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