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"For William Hogeland, thinking about history is an act of moral inquiry and high citizenship. A searching and original voice."--Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland

About the Author

William Hogeland is author of The Whisky Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty. He lives in New York City.



William Hogeland is author of The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty. He lives in New York City.

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  • Series: Boston Review Books
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (March 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026201288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262012881
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By J. Grattan VINE VOICE on July 17, 2012
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In this short, provocative book, consisting of three essays, the author is concerned that popular, standard history often distorts historical reality and can even approach the level of whitewash. Of course, history is not easy. Sometimes even facts are in short supply, but interpretation of the past often conforms to the agenda of historians or to a generally accepted "consensus" that avoids contradictory information.

In the first essay, the author takes on the notion that Alexander Hamilton is perhaps the most important founder, given that the US to some extent followed his economic vision making it the foremost industrial power in the world with a strong financial system. He is, to some, the exemplar for "national-greatness conservatism." But the author notes that Hamilton was in fact elitist in his thinking, not democratic. He was an admirer of the British monarchy. His financial policies favored rich bondholders. He quickly led the charge to suppress the Whiskey rebels when they objected to his whiskey taxation policies that put small producers at a disadvantage.

Secondly, the author notes that the portrayal of charismatic individuals often hides their problematical sides. For example, Peter Seeger is known for his folk music. What is seldom revealed is that as a member of the Communist Party all through the 1930s and 40s, he followed the Party line, often ignoring the excesses of Stalinism. It was he and others who grafted radicalism onto down-home, banjo-picking music. The acerbic intellectual William Buckley may have been the darling of conservatives in opposition to the welfare state, but what has been lost is his advocacy for white superiority in opposition to what he called the Negro "revolt" in the 50s and 60s.
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These essays all exhibit erudite scholarship, imaginative insights, a passionate involvement in American history and culture, and superb writing. Hogeland makes every page dramatic with telling details and little-known facts. Who would have imagined that two charismatic figures as disparate as William F. Buckley, Jr. and Pete Seeger had anything in common, but Hogeland's account of their often intentionally obscured early years elicits important similarities. And a walk with him through The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is eye-opening and somewhat disturbing.
I considered withholding one star from my rating only because I was frustrated that there were only three sections in this superb book. I wanted more!
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I am a fan of Hogeland's work. I believe his interpretation to be more realistic than most other historians.
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Great copy. Awesome delivery time. Just as described!
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