Alexander Hamilton: Portrait in Paradox by John Chester Miller
In this extraordinarily readable account of Hamilton and his life - long love affair with the United States, Mr. Miller reveals him clearly as a man of vision and audacity who gave unstintingly of his energy and ability to the cause of American union, though he had little love for the people whose power and well-being he sought to advance. Skillfully, scrupulously and in absorbing detail Miller explores the springs of Hamiltons thinking and the experiences and influences that shaped his attitudes and molded his policies, examines the results, and shows how and why this country would have developed differently had Hamilton not lived when he did and been the kind of man he was.
Alexander Hamilton: Portrait in Paradox
Thank you! Monumental in scope, this vast and well-written volume is both a detailed personal and political biography of America's first Secretary of the Treasury and an outstanding history of this country's early perilous years and the men who played a part in them, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams and many others. Of these men Hamilton, born in the West Indies in , the illegitimate son of a Scots father and a French mother, may be the greatest. Small in stature alone, a brilliant orator, endowed with blazing financial ability and an astonishing naivete, Hamilton fought in the Revolution and was Washington's aide; a signer of the Constitution he used his talents to insure its adoption and as Secretary of the Treasury funded the national debt, forced reluctant states to agree to national taxation, levied tariffs and bounties, fostered manufacturing, and brought the country from the edge of bankruptcy to financial soundness. A man whose passion was fame and whose burning desire was to unite thirteen squabbling states into one nation, he achieved both aims, and so doing helped establish the power of the Supreme Court, became the bitter enemy of Jefferson, got himself involved in political and personal scandals, and in was killed in a duel with his long-time enemy the unscrupulous Aaron Burr, Jefferson's vice-president. Incredibly well-documented and highly readable, this book misses no small detail of Hamilton's career or political involvements; not designed for casual readers, its weight will exhaust all but dedicated historians. Hamiltonians and perhaps Jeffersonians should welcome it, and it is a must for all American historical collections.
The period in which Alexander Hamilton lived was an age of great men and great events. And yet, Talleyrand, whose career is a convincing testimonial of his astuteness in judging men and measures and who was intimately acquainted with the leaders on both sides of the Atlantic, pronounced Alexander Hamilton to be the greatest of these "choice and master spirits of the age. Probably no American statesman has displayed more constructive imagination than did Hamilton. Prodigal of ideas, bursting with plans for diversifying the American economy and obsessed by a determination to make the United States a powerful nation under a centralized government, he left an imprint upon this country that time has not yet effaced. Of some of our institutions it may be justly said that they are the lengthened shadow of one man--Alexander Hamilton. In Hamilton's comparatively brief span, he lived through three great wars, in two of which he was an active participant. Whenever he looked abroad he found wars or rumors of wars.
In this extraordinarily readable account of Hamilton and his life - long love affair with the United States, Mr. Miller reveals him clearly as a man of vision and audacity who gave unstintingly of his energy and ability to the cause of American union, though he had little love for the people whose power and well-being he sought to advance. Skillfully, scrupulously and in a.
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