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One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal and tragedy. But his contributions survive. As Secretary of the Treasury during the tumultuous early years of the republic, Hamilton led the transformation of the young country into industrial powerhouse.
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I have to admit buying this with more than a little trepidation. I was quickly impressed. If you liked American Experience's Benjamin Franklin, you will recognize the historians (be on the look out for equally insightful comments) the quality of production and the personal, engaging acting of Richard Easton (this time as George Washington). This series complements and enhances the series on Benjamin Franklin. The presentation is equally compelling as well: a tightly written narrative with important events re-enacted and distinguished historians completing the story with analysis. Finally, I have a new found appreciation, perhaps even admiration, for Hamilton. Much of the decisions required in our modern world are not between right and wrong as much as finding a balance between competing goods. It is easy to put yourself the mood in which a Jeffersonian world seems simpler and less challenging. A Hamiltonian world promises equal opportunity and a lot of work... our present problems with the environment and banking system. True, and equally true, as an industrial nation we ended slavery and increased the health and standard of living for most Americans.
The period clothes and sceneries were a pleasure to look at also.