The Untold Story of the Extraordinary Alliance That Forged Our Nation and the Unlikely Duo Behind It: George Washington & Alexander Hamilton
In the wake of the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers faced a daunting task: overcome their competing visions to build a new nation, the likes of which the world had never seen. As hostile debates raged over how to protect their new hard-won freedoms, two men formed an improbable partnership that would launch the fledgling United States: George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.
Washington and Hamilton chronicles the unlikely collaboration between these two conflicting characters at the heart of our national narrative: Washington, the indispensable general devoted to classical virtues, and Hamilton, an ambitious officer and lawyer eager for fame of the noblest kind.
Working together, they laid the groundwork for the institutions that govern the United States to this day and protected each other from bitter attacks from Jefferson and Madison, who considered their policies a betrayal of the republican ideals they had fought for.
Yet while Washington and Hamilton's different personalities often led to fruitful collaboration, their conflicting ideals also tested the boundaries of their relationship—and threatened the future of the new republic.
From the rumblings of the American Revolution through the fractious Constitutional Convention and America's turbulent first years, this captivating history reveals the stunning impact of this unlikely duo that set the United States on the path to becoming a superpower.
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Brilliant historical narrative that brings to life the 22 year alliance between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. This book is particularly timely due to not just the hit play "Hamilton", but current political realities. For instance, Hamilton was an immigrant from a poor family in the West Indies. Now, he showed a great propensity for business and command at a very young age when, at age 16, he found himself effectively in charge of an shipping concern when his boss became ill and was stuck in New York for five months. That talent caught the eye of several American merchants who became Hamilton's patron, and enabled him to come to the US. He was avidly anti-slavery, and pro-independent, and quickly became Gen. Washington's right hand man during the Revolutionary War.
The authors do an excellent job of showing both the tensions and the astounding results of this alliance between a man of stable and moderate temperament, Washington, and the quick...
Though I have a BA in History (ancient Rome and Greece mostly), I am only beginning to delve into the revolutionary war era. After reading a 7th grade textbook, I began with McCullough's "1776" (a fantastic read). This is only my second book on the subject. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I started this book with my preconceived notions of Washington as the good-hearted, yet less than keenly intelligent leader; of Hamilton, the Napoleon-like hothead; and of my conservative-leaning, libertarian hero, Thomas Jefferson. I finished this book with a new found respect for Washington; with my first impression on Hamilton that is based on any evidence other than prime time TV; and with disturbing questions about my here-to-fore hero, Jefferson. I feel the book has given me a much better grasp of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties of the age.
I prefer my history as unbiased as possible. I found this book a bit more openly biased than McCullough's...
I enjoyed Prof. Knott's fair and even handed book on the vital political alliance between Hamilton and Wahington which shaped the US. It is a good read and quite interesting. My one criticism is that i don't think Knott was as even handed when discussing Hamilton's and Washington's veiws on slavery in the post script. I would have like a fuller account on esp. Hamilton's veiws which were by at least his political writings (which dealt w/ the issue) & organizations he supported seems to suggest he held more enlightened veiws then many of his contemporaries. He barely talks about Washington's veiws on the matter either.
Still I really liked this book and would recommand it to anyone interested in the relationship btw. these founding fathers.
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