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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!, January 1, 2012
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This review is from: The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty (Simon & Schuster America Collection) (Paperback)
This is a very good book for someone who has heard of the Whiskey Rebellion, but never really learned about it. The book starts off discussing the financial condition of the nation after the American Revolution (broke), then goes on to discuss Hamilton's plans to fund the nation and pay off war bonds by developing tax plan that hurts the poor, which in this case happened to hurt most those living in western PA. According to this book, anyway, the Whiskey Rebellion was not about taxes, but about Hamilton specifically taxing the poor to pay the rich. Hamilton helped rich bankers buy up what at the time were worthless war bonds for pennies on the dollar, and then Hamilton got the US gov't to pay those bonds at full value by taxing the poor.

Although I had expected to read a book entirely about Washington leading troops into Pittsburgh, the book only devotes a few pages at the very end to Washington and the troops. The first 95% of the book is devoted to the events, over several years, leading up to Washington and the troops; but I must say this makes more sense and actually is more interesting to read.

Overall a very good book; fairly quick to read, no slow or boring chapters, and no over use of statistics like a lot of history authors do. Highly recommended!
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