?Donald Stabile has written a compact and readable history of America's national government's public finance from the Declaration of Independence to the end of Andrew Jackson's second term. This is a solid book. I am sure that I will turn to it as I muddle through the growing literature on the intellectual origins policy in the early nineteenth century.?-The Journal of Economic History
Provides a careful analysis of the historical antecedents of current conflict over money, debt, and taxes, bringing the modern economic controversy into focus.