Probably no American statesman displayed more constructive imagination than did Alexander Hamilton. Prodigal of ideas, bursting with plans for diversifying the economy, and obsessed by a determination to make the United States a powerful nation under a centralized government, he left an imprint upon this country that time has not effaced. Alexander Hamilton and the Growth of the New Nation is the premier biography of Alexander Hamilton written by one of the foremost scholars of early American history.
Hamilton's career was at times contradictory: born, in John Adams's words, the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler," he rose to high social, political, and military position in the newly born country. He dreaded divisiveness, yet his strategies and actions aggravated political sectionalism. Miller weaves together the complex facets of Hamilton's life to make a vivid, absorbing biography.
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John C. Miller (1907-1991) was Edgar E. Robinson Professor of U.S. History at Stanford University. His books include Sam Adams, Crisis in Freedom: The Alien and Sedition Acts, The Federalist Era, 1789-1801, The First Frontier: Life in Colonial America, and Origins of the American Revolution.
A. Owen Aldridge is professor of comparative literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Early American Literature: A Comparatist Approach and editor of The Ibero-American Enlightenment and Comparative Literature: Matter and Method.Review:
"This excellent book about Alexander Hamilton and his times... recounts the political, Constitutional, economic, and financial history of the United States from the American Revolution to that day in July 1804, when Hamilton was killed in the duel with Burr. The story of the rise of the new nation, of cementing of the Union, is admirably told....vivid, readable history."
—Daniel J. Boorstein
"Miller possesses to an unusual degree the ability to clarify complex issues and events. His discussions of Hamilton's reports as Secretary of the Treasury are models of clarity.... [This book] avoids the cliches and stereotypes we have come to associate with one of the most controversial figures in American history."
—Harold C. Syrett
"This is Miller's best book, and also the best full-length biography in the Hamilton literature."
—Merrill D. Peterson, William and Mary Quarterly
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Book Description Joanna Cotler Books. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. 1959 printing. Bookseller Inventory # 517405944