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"An elegant dual study resurrects Alexander Hamilton as one of George Washington's most valued advisers...Knott and Williams expertly show how Hamilton was often attacked because Washington was untouchable. " - Kirkus

"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

About the Author

Stephen Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. Prior to accepting his position at the Naval War College, Knott was Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Tony Williams taught history and literature for ten years, and has a Master's in American History from Ohio State University. He is currently a full-time author who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks; First edition (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492609838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492609834
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the many, many books that have been written on George Washington, the American Revolution, and the founding of our nation, as far as I know this is the first to focus on the relationship between Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Such a book is long overdue—Hamilton remains our most underappreciated Founding Father and his career almost entirely involved working with the Father of our Country. And that is perhaps the book’s greatest weakness—that relationship was so integral to Hamilton’s career that the best book on the relationship is still probably Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton. Chernow’s biography of Washington, on the other hand, curiously has little to say about Hamilton (Knott and Williams reference Chernow often). That is a mistake, I think. Hamilton was just as important to Washington as Washington was to Hamilton.

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).
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Over the centuries there have been hundreds of books written on George Washington, “Father of His Country” and Alexander Hamilton, "Father of the Constitution," so what is left to say on this subject. But what I found riveting about Stephen F. Knott & Tony Williams book “Washington & Hamilton” is how they are shown individually and together struggled with victory and defeat in both their military and personal lives. And how even though George and Alexander had two very different personalities, came together as one alliance to make sure that the independence they fought for in the American Revolution would continue in the vision of The United States of America.
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.
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You can't find two more disparate personalities than these two Founding Fathers. The volatile yet brilliant Hamilton and the steady, deliberate, extraordinary leader in Washington. It is a testament to the first President and Commander of the Continental forces that he could discern the genius of those around him and maximize their benefits and limit their risks. Washington and Hamilton, the Alliance that Forged America, brilliantly analyzes this key relationship and how it shaped a nation. This is the best work by Tony Williams and Co-Author Stephen Knott thus far. It's rare that you can take two well known figures and find some depths to plumb that we haven't already heard. This book adds to our understanding of these two pivotal figures in a compelling way. Don't miss it.
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This is a fine study of an important but strangely neglected relationship. There are books on Washington and Madison, Madison and Jefferson, Jefferson and Adams... but this is the first extended study of Washington and Hamilton. Maybe the novelty of this particular book is that Knott and Williams succeed so well in disentangling two careers that in many ways were so connected. They isolate the talents and priorities of Washington and Hamilton so that we can appreciate the contributions of each man as an individual and also understand just how much one complemented the other. The authors make a powerful case that this is THE partnership most essential to the formation, survival, and success of the United States. Not everyone will agree with this; Hamilton will always have his critics. But no one should disagree that this is a superbly readable and wonderfully well-researched treatment of a truly crucial partnership.
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