This book re-examines Hamilton's policies as a secretary of the treasury. The author presents a new and altogether convincing account of the origins and development of his subject's political and economic theories.
Edition/Copyright:79 Cover: Publisher:W.W. Norton & Co. Year Published: 1979 International: No
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McDonald, Forrest : University of Alabama
Forrest McDonald is a professor of history at the University of Alabama and distinguished senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Southern History and Culture.
"What Mr. McDonald's book does, with exceptional skill and learning, is to re-examine Hamilton's policies as secretary of the treasury. To this task the author brings a masterful knowsledge of the politics of the period. . . . He brilliantly demonstrates how William Blackstone, David Hume and Jacques Necker affected Hamilton's thought. Finally, Mr. McDonald . . . gives the clearest exposition that I have ever seen of just what Hamilton's financial policies were and how they worked."
--David Herbert Donald, New York Times Book Review
"Never has the first secretary of the treasury received such a skillful, passionate and sustained panegyric to his abilities and accomplishments. . . . There will be no neutral readers of McDonald's provocative biography. It will unsettle and enlighten, outrage and educate. There is much to think about here."
--G. S. Rowe, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"Alexander Hamilton is distinguised by the author's lively style, insights, and originality. . . . He presents a new and altogether convincing account of the origins and development of his subject's political and economic theories. . . . [His] exposition of Hamilton's program as secretary of the treasury is outstanding. . . . [Readers] are unlikely to find a more lucid and informed account of the entire subject."
--Harold C. Syrett, Journal of American History
Norton Publishing Web Site, December, 2003
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