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  • Series: The Political Philosophy of the American Founders
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421405393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421405391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive take on Hamilton that will stir discussion, not only of this Founding Father, but also of the nature and character of American democracy. Federici provides a convincing portrait of Hamilton's political thought as grounded in his philosophical anthropology and gives a more rounded—and democratic—view of Hamilton than currently exists.

(George Thomas, author of The Madisonian Constitution)

[A] comprehensive and very thoughtful work that should go a long way toward restoring Hamilton to his rightful place among our Founding Fathers.

(George W. Carey American Conservative)

Federici deepens readers' understanding of Hamilton's political thought and his enduring legacy.


This book is an intelligent investigation that ultimately reminds us that the ideas of the founders remain as relevant in 2012 as they were in the 1790s.

(John G. McCurdy H-Law)

This is a rich and developed book... Hamilton's political thinking does indeed deserve greater attention today, and Federici provides a valuable contribution toward that understanding.

(Troy E. Smith Review of Politics)

About the Author

Michael P. Federici is a professor of political science at Mercyhurst University and the author of Eric Voegelin: The Restoration of Order and The Challenge of Populism: The Rise of Right-Wing Democratism in Postwar America.

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Dr. Michael P. Federici is Professor of Political Science at Mercyhurst University. He currently serves as department chair. He is in his twenty-fifth year of college teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. (1990), his M.A. from CUA in 1985, and his B.S. in Economics from Elizabethtown College in 1983. Dr. Federici has published four books, The Challenge of Populism (1991), Eric Voegelin: The Restoration of Order (2002), The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton published by Johns Hopkins University Press (June 2012), and Rethinking the Teaching of American History (Butler Books 2012). He has also published several articles and book reviews. He recently published a co-edited collection of essays entitled, The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic, published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2013.

Dr. Federici's teaching and research areas include American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Political Theory, and American Political Thought. He has taught American Government for the Junior Statesmen Foundation Summer School at Yale University and Georgetown University. In 1993 he won the Joseph Friedl Award at Concord College that is given to the professor who "Exemplifies the true essence of the college professor" and he won the "Distinguished Teaching Award" at Mercyhurst University in 2004. Dr. Federici participated in a debate January 29, 2008 at Georgetown University sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Tocqueville Forum on "America: Empire or Republic?" The debate is available on the web at: He also gave lectures at Notre Dame Law School in April 2008 and Berkeley University in June 2010. Dr. Federici taught for Mercyhurst University in Dungarvan, Ireland during the spring 2010 term.

He served as Faculty Senate president from 2007-2009 and 2011-2013. He was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Humanitas and serves as president of The Academy of Philosophy and Letters. In August 2002, he was one of a select group of American scholars invited to deliver a paper during the Chinese Comparative Literature Association's Conference in Nanjing, China. In 1993 Dr. Federici participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Thomas Jefferson that was held at The University of Virginia and The College of William and Mary. He was a Distinguished Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. In 2004 he wrote a winning grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for a $984,920 three-year grant from the Teaching American History Program for the Corry Area School District. In 2005 he wrote another successful TAHG for the Erie City School District for $499,736. He served as the Project Director for both grants. Professor Federici has been interviewed for local and national media including WJET TV, WICU TV, WSEE TV, C-SPAN, WITF PA Public Radio, WQLN Radio, WJET Radio, WNYC Radio, WBEN Radio (Buffalo), The Erie Times News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Harrisburg's The Patriot-News, Scranton Times-Tribune, and CQ Weekly. Dr. Federici is originally from Denville, New Jersey.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on February 24, 2013
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Federici presents one of the most balanced and realistic views of Hamilton's political theory. Even though Hamilton's politics are extremely complex and frequently a little convoluted Federici does a fantastic job of walking the reader through his conclusions while disclosing evidence for opposing theories, including the idea that Hamilton was a Machiavellian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erwin Hargrove on June 20, 2014
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Original insights especially in findning Burke's similarity to Hamilton. /the authorrepets his thesis to mjuch however. Thebook could be more concise.
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