Washington and hamilton book review

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washington and hamilton book review

Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America | Conservative Book Club

God knows it took long enough, but Alexander Hamilton has finally come into his own, most recently as the hero of a hit Broadway musical. The real turning point goes back to the turn of the last century. Instead, it is the history of a remarkable collaboration between two very different individuals — part odd couple, part dynamic duo — that resulted in a joint achievement neither the senior partner Washington nor the junior partner Hamilton could have accomplished alone. The facts tell another story. Both Jefferson and Madison were privileged Southern aristocrats bent on preserving — and, in the case of the Louisiana Purchase, expanding — their slave-based regional economy while Hamilton was a self-made man who opposed slavery and laid the foundation for an opportunity-based society open to all. There is another reason for this long-standing prejudice.
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America'

The American Revolution and Founding was the work of many celebrated collaborations and rivalries. Sometimes, such as in the case of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, they were both. While many have been recollected and analyzed by historians, [1] until now one of the most important and productive has gone unchronicled. What did each man have or lack that the other brought or needed? How did their collaboration help shape the nation in war and peace?

As can be expected, those who comb through the annals of reality find a more complex and indeed fascinating picture. Stephen F. Why has this special relationship been overlooked in the study of American history? Nothing is sugarcoated in their theory, and more character growth is depicted than one would expect in textbook nonfiction. Hamilton is more than a flamboyant scoundrel, witnessing firsthand and denouncing the evils of the slave trade, overcoming an illegitimate parentage with his precocious work ethic, and ending as a repentant and grieving husband and father who consciously walked into an untimely death. This book highlights the egotistical side of Thomas Jefferson, whom we traditionally know as the powerful yet demure penman. The nasty fights between all of the Founding Fathers, littered with tyrant-related slurs, are surprisingly similar to the way our political candidates who are supposed to be friends have at it today, albeit with a better command of Shakespeare and the classics.

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While many historians focus on the friendship and alliance of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, Washington and Hamilton reminds us why America would truly not be the prosperous country it is today without this special alliance. Can you give us an overview of the book? Washington and Hamilton recounts the dramatic story of the most important and fruitful partnership of the American founding. We were working on the topic independently and decided to combine forces and co-author the book. We were both struck by how central Washington and Hamilton were to the creation of the United States and yet no one had ever written a book about this critical collaboration.

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. 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.


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