- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks; First Edition edition (September 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492609838
- ISBN-13: 978-1492609834
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9 inches
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"Stephen Knott and Tony Williams offer a splendid joint biography of America's founding statesmen, the crucial duo that forged a national constitutional republic from a revolutionary war against a superpower, through a failed trial of a constitution, to the Constitution that endures to this day.
" - Law and Liberty
"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. " - Paul Carrese - Library of Law and Liberty
"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
"The musical's game-changing, sometimes fraught father-son relationship fires up "Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America." Two historians, Canton resident Stephen F. Knott and Tony Williams, cover the pair's shared depths of ambition and honor, plus their battlefield-deepened bond. " - Boston Globe
"This lesson in truly human, collaborative greatness is brought home to us in the context of our own regime and our own history by Stephen Knott and Tony Williams's excellent study, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America...as Knott and Williams's title reminds us, and as their book amply demonstrates, this great achievement was possible only on the basis of the close cooperation of our first president and his chief minister, our first secretary of the treasury.
" - Carson Holloway, author of Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
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.
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The authors do an excellent job of showing both the tensions and the astounding results of this alliance between a man of stable and moderate temperament, Washington, and the quick brilliance and eloquence of Hamilton. And yes, there were numerous "breaks" in the relationship when Washington thought Hamilton had gone off the rails, so to speak.
Still, this a very readable book, and the narrative leads naturally to the well reasoned conclusion that Washington and Hamilton shared a real world view of the risks and blood of real world revolutions, as opposed to armchair radicals, and they knew there was jus a thin veneer separating order from chaos. They were, as the authors note in what I thought was a brilliant phrase, "sober revolutionaries". And because of their actions, and precedents, the American revolution did not turn inward and consume itself, unlike most revolutions in history.
Just a brilliant book. I'd give more than five stars, if I could!
My full review can be accessed online at the Journal of the American Revolution.
I started this book with my preconceived notions of Washington as the good-hearted, yet less than keenly intelligent leader; of Hamilton, the Napoleon-like hothead; and of my conservative-leaning, libertarian hero, Thomas Jefferson. I finished this book with a new found respect for Washington; with my first impression on Hamilton that is based on any evidence other than prime time TV; and with disturbing questions about my here-to-fore hero, Jefferson. I feel the book has given me a much better grasp of the Federalist and Democratic-Republican parties of the age.
I prefer my history as unbiased as possible. I found this book a bit more openly biased than McCullough's "1776". That said, for the most part, I found it convincing.
These men are among the greatest in human history in terms of what they achieved for mankind .
The authors did a decent job of giving the other side about these people who have become controversial in our modern revisionest times where the greatest men in history are now looked down upon because they did not adhere to modern political correctness. while being deeply moral men by the standards of their times.
The fact that Washington owned slaves does not change the fact that he was a truly great man.
The fact that Hamilton had an affair does not mean that he did not establish the greatest financial system in the history of mankind. By the way, he favored abolition if that helps the modern reader.
My one criticism is that i don't think Knott was as even handed when discussing Hamilton's and Washington's veiws on slavery in the post script. I would have like a fuller account on esp. Hamilton's veiws which were by at least his political writings (which dealt w/ the issue) & organizations he supported seems to suggest he held more enlightened veiws then many of his contemporaries. He barely talks about Washington's veiws on the matter either.
Still I really liked this book and would recommand it to anyone interested in the relationship btw. these founding fathers.