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Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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"Williams and Knott's thesis-that Washington and Hamilton built the institutions that led to the United States emerging as a superpower in the 20th century-adds a new angle to the enduring public fascination with the founding fathers." - Publishers Weekly
"This readable narrative successfully describes the ways in which the 'indispensable alliance' between Washington and Hamilton was a significant factor in America's founding." - Library Journal
A splendid joint biography of America's founding statesmen...studies the volatile but ultimately durable alliance of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, showing that constitutional statesmanship is not some mythical creature.
"The authors themselves collaborate well in Washington and Hamilton. Their clear and consistent prose, coupled with a heavy reliance on primary sources and wide range of carefully chosen secondary ones, dispel any notion that a work of history must trade off scholarship for accessibility...the result is a book well suited to both novices needing sufficient background to gain a full understanding and academics in need of an authoritatively referenced, thoughtfully analytical account." - Journal of the American Revolution
"There is much good sense in the authors' concluding opinion, that Americans would do well to rediscover the role that the team of Washington and Hamilton played in creating "a strong union." " - The Weekly Standard
""Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America" is not yet another life of Hamilton, nor is it a joint biography of Washington and Hamilton. 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 Washington Times
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Washington and Hamilton starts with short biographies of each leading up to the beginning of their relationship during the Revolutionary War. Knott and Williams are highly critical of Hamilton for breaking off the relationship, how he treated (or didn’t treat) Washington after that, and for his role in the Newburgh Conspiracy. Their criticism is somewhat misplaced in my opinion. The relationship between the two was simply not that important at that point.
After both playing prominent roles in bringing about a new constitutional order, Washington and Hamilton’s renewed relationship really began to blossom when Hamilton joined Washington’s cabinet as Secretary of the Treasury. Here I think Knott and Williams make their biggest mistake by omitted most of the work that rightly earned Hamilton the title Father of our Government (Chernow’s term, I believe).Read more ›
During the beginning chapters the authors beautifully show how Washington & Hamilton filled with enormous ambitions for their lives, but through very different upbringings, those parallel aspirations would not come to fruition until they were on the battlefield fighting on the same side. The details of how each man ended up in their rightful places during the war brilliantly written with the authors describing in detail George and Alexander’s life up to that point. Like all great battles the two men had their fair share of ups and downs, at times having limited troops to fight off the British, but in the end, America came out the victor. It was during this time that Washington & Hamilton had a falling out over a misinterpreted situation. After the war Washington decided to retire from public service, believing he would quietly retire in Virginia on his plantation for the remaining of her life. While Alexander much younger at only thirty years old figured his future was just beginning, so he opened a law practice in New York City.Read more ›
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I have read many books about Washington, and several about Alexander Hamilton. I was skeptical that I would learn much that was new, but decided to buy the book for a quick read on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. W. Coburn
A great read for anyone curious about this period of American history. Historians will appreciate the credentialed academic analysis but this book is also an accessible story for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Generally speaking, an excellent book. Very good overall review. Not too heavy and not too light. It is easy for the present day reader to think of our era as being very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan Goldfeder
Fascinating partnering. I think Washington knew how smart Hamilton was and valued what he had to offer the country.Published 2 months ago by Jean E. Ashlaw
good book. Had no idea Hamilton was the right-hand man of Washington.Published 2 months ago by robert r. blinn
Given the popularity of the Broadway production of Hamilton, it was fascinating to discover some of the details of Hamilton's life, in particular. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Frank Van Breedam
"Washington and Hamilton" sheds light on a relationship often simplified into a General and Aide de Camp dynamic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Gutierrez