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Alexander Hamilton: Writings (Library of America) Hardcover – October 15, 2001
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-- R. B. Bernstein, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
The subject of this volume is Alexander Hamilton. Although John Adams has frequently been regarded as the least understood of the Founders, Hamilton has his own plausible claim to this honor. History has not treated Hamilton kindly. He has certain obvious flaws in terms of arrogance,temper, and judgment.These flaws are amply revealed in this collection of writings. Hamilton, nevertheless, has much to teach us about government and about our country. This collection of his writings is a treasure.
At the outset, I was reluctant to begin a project of reading this volume through in its entirety. As my reading progressed, I couldn't put the volume down.
The book covers all phases of Hamilton's political and personal life, from its beginnings in what is now the U.S. Virgin Islands to his death at age 49 in the notorious duel with Aaron Burr. The heart of the book begins with Hamilton's role in the Constitutional Convention, in which he advocated for a strong Federal government and, in particular for a strong Executive. The book continues with Hamilton's 51 contributions to "The Federalist" in which he explained the Constitution to the people of the State of New York in terms which remain a seminal exposition of the basic governing document of the United States. Again the focus is on the need for a strong central government with a will and ability to act for the public good.
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That, I believe is the importance of the Library of America series. It allows readers the opportunity to discover for themselves what an historical figure such as Alexander Hamilton was really like. In the past, historians have had exclusive access to the personal papers and government documents of such people, and drawn their own conclusions. Let's face it, their conclusions often reflect their personal or professional prejudices which they use to support their particular point-of-view and in turn impress upon their readers. The Library of America books have changed that, thankfully.
Reading Hamilton's letters--to his wife, to his friends, and to associates such as George Washington, John Jay, and Gouverneur Morris, presents a side of Hamilton that is seldom revealed. Then there are his government documents: The Report on Public Credit, the Report on the National Bank, the Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, the 51 essays included in the Federalist Papers, and so on. As you read these letters and documents, which, as letters are thoughtful and considerate, and as government documents are measured, well-reasoned, and remarkably clear in the presentation, an impression begins to form.Read more ›
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If you've become Hamilton obsessed like the rest of the world, this is a great volume to own. I read Chernow's book, but was looking to read more complete writings than the edited... Read morePublished 5 days ago by KimberReads
I am the A.L. E.X. A.N. D. E.R. we are, meant to be...Great primary source reading.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Considering there are 27 volumes of Hamilton writings at Columbia University, I can understand that it would be difficult to decide what to include. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanna C. Nemeth
The Library of America puts out the original writings of the American founding fathers and other important figures of our country. It is one of the most valuable set of books. Read morePublished on August 2, 2014 by Patricia