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Alexander Hamilton: Writings (Library of America) Hardcover – October 15, 2001
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-- R. B. Bernstein, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
The subject of this volume is Alexander Hamilton. Although John Adams has frequently been regarded as the least understood of the Founders, Hamilton has his own plausible claim to this honor. History has not treated Hamilton kindly. He has certain obvious flaws in terms of arrogance,temper, and judgment.These flaws are amply revealed in this collection of writings. Hamilton, nevertheless, has much to teach us about government and about our country. This collection of his writings is a treasure.
At the outset, I was reluctant to begin a project of reading this volume through in its entirety. As my reading progressed, I couldn't put the volume down.
The book covers all phases of Hamilton's political and personal life, from its beginnings in what is now the U.S. Virgin Islands to his death at age 49 in the notorious duel with Aaron Burr. The heart of the book begins with Hamilton's role in the Constitutional Convention, in which he advocated for a strong Federal government and, in particular for a strong Executive. The book continues with Hamilton's 51 contributions to "The Federalist" in which he explained the Constitution to the people of the State of New York in terms which remain a seminal exposition of the basic governing document of the United States. Again the focus is on the need for a strong central government with a will and ability to act for the public good.
Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury.Read more ›
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I read somewhere that reading a book is like walking through an author's mind. Whether intended or not, the author reveals something of himself. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ricardo Mio
The Library of America puts out the original writings of the American founding fathers and other important figures of our country. It is one of the most valuable set of books. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patricia
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