Alexander Hamilton, American

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Alexander Hamilton, American

Format:  Paperback,

240 pages

Edition: Touchstone

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Apr 2000

ISBN-13: 9780684863313

ISBN-10: 0684863316

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Alexander Hamilton is one of the least understood, most important, and most impassioned and inspiring of the founding fathers. At last Hamilton has found a modern biographer who can bring him to full-blooded life; Richard Brookhiser. In these pages, Alexander Hamilton sheds his skewed image as the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler," sex scandal survivor, and notoriously doomed dueling partner of Aaron Burr. Examined up close, throughout his meteoric and ever-fascinating (if tragically brief) life, Hamilton can at last be seen as one of the most crucial of the founders. Here, thanks to Brookhiser's accustomed wit and grace, this quintessential American lives again.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Apr 2000
ISBN-13: 9780684863313
ISBN-10: 0684863316
Format: Paperback
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

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
St. Croix/Manhattanp. 13
Warp. 29
Lawsp. 51
Treasury Secretaryp. 75
Fightingp. 101
Losingp. 127
Wordsp. 155
Rightsp. 169
Passionsp. 183
Deathp. 197
Notesp. 219
Indexp. 233


Review by Library Journal (1999-02-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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