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The founders of the American republic were ardently concerned with the judgment of posterity. Had they known what a fickle muse Clio would prove to be, they might have been more anxious. The making of myths and legends, complete with a hagiology and demonology, is inherent in the process of evolution toward nationhood. Consequently, individual actors in the original drama The founders of the American republic were ardently concerned with the judgment of posterity. Had they known what a fickle muse Clio would prove to be, they might have been more anxious. The making of myths and legends, complete with a hagiology and demonology, is inherent in the process of evolution toward nationhood. Consequently, individual actors in the original drama have often been consigned by History to roles they did not actually play, and the most important of them have played shifting roles, being heroes in one generation and villains in the next. It is therefore not surprising that Alexander Hamilton—along with Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison—has had his ups and downs at the hands of historians.

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The founders of the American republic were ardently concerned with the judgment of posterity. Had they known what a fickle muse Clio would prove to be, they might have been more anxious. The making of myths and legends, complete with a hagiology and demonology, is inherent in the process of evolution toward nationhood. Consequently, individual actors in the original drama The founders of the American republic were ardently concerned with the judgment of posterity. Had they known what a fickle muse Clio would prove to be, they might have been more anxious. The making of myths and legends, complete with a hagiology and demonology, is inherent in the process of evolution toward nationhood. Consequently, individual actors in the original drama have often been consigned by History to roles they did not actually play, and the most important of them have played shifting roles, being heroes in one generation and villains in the next. It is therefore not surprising that Alexander Hamilton—along with Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison—has had his ups and downs at the hands of historians.

30 review for Alexander Hamilton: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    cynthia

    Excellent look at the Hamilton's intellectual growth and the brilliance of his monetary policies. I encountered much new information about this period in our history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave Benner

    One of the better Hamilton biographies.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bennett Evans

    The praise heaped upon our founding fathers is lavish. Yet there is one man who has been left out of the demigod status achieved by the likes of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, this being none other than Alexander Hamilton. Forrest McDonald does a fantastic job shining deserved light onto the New Yorker who affected the American cause in a variety of meaningful capacities. His passion for the cause was bottomless, his devotion to that passion unshakable, his natural smarts unmatched, and his The praise heaped upon our founding fathers is lavish. Yet there is one man who has been left out of the demigod status achieved by the likes of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, this being none other than Alexander Hamilton. Forrest McDonald does a fantastic job shining deserved light onto the New Yorker who affected the American cause in a variety of meaningful capacities. His passion for the cause was bottomless, his devotion to that passion unshakable, his natural smarts unmatched, and his involvement in those events that set the course for these United States, vital. Hamilton had a grand vision of what the country should become and knowledge and drive to see it realized. Whether it was fighting for ratification of the Constitution or laying the groundwork of our modern fiscal system, Alexander Hamilton's actions ensured a longevous prosperity in the United States. McDonald's thorough analysis of Hamilton's every move, while fairly technical at times, has fostered in me new-found appreciation and respect for one of the the most deserving of our founding fathers. A great read through and through.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David

    Mr. McDonald's book gave me a very good understanding of Alexander Hamilton. I was glad that the author went into detail about Hamilton's govermental policies; the federal government being the central force for laws and monetary enactments. The book is an easy read and it wasn't awkward to follow along as some other Hamilton's books I have read. I was also glad that the book covered many of the founding fathers and it did a very good job of letting the reader know that at this time in our countr Mr. McDonald's book gave me a very good understanding of Alexander Hamilton. I was glad that the author went into detail about Hamilton's govermental policies; the federal government being the central force for laws and monetary enactments. The book is an easy read and it wasn't awkward to follow along as some other Hamilton's books I have read. I was also glad that the book covered many of the founding fathers and it did a very good job of letting the reader know that at this time in our country's foundation these men lived during a very shaky time period. Overall, I'd recommend this book to all my friends.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Csferguson222

    A very thorough biography about a very important figure in American history. The author portrays Alexander Hamilton as having a much greater role in the forming of our nation than I realized. One wonders what George Washington would have done without him. Although some of the narrative gets too technical for anyone who does not have a degree in economics, the biography is otherwise a great read for the Anerican History buff.

  6. 4 out of 5

    JMarie

    Noped out on page six, when the author suggested Hamilton was LUCKY to have died young because he was a romantic. I would've plowed on through the dodgy writing and failure to put quotes in context, but this is not an author whose opinions I want to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Still the definitive academic biography of Colonel Hamilton, Professor McDonald provide an in-depth study. Not the quickest read, but if you seek to know the man that was A. Hamilton commit to this text.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Declue

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Bob Croft

  30. 5 out of 5

    Johanna Rowland

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