Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

A Life

Book - 2003
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In the first full, one-volume biography of Alexander Hamilton in more than two decades, award-winning historian Willard Sterne Randall takes a fresh look at one of the most brilliant, conflicted, and elusive of our nation's founders.

Orphaned at thirteen and apprenticed in a counting house, the precocious Hamilton learned principles of business that helped him, as the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, to create the American banking system and invent the modern corporation. But first the staunch, intrepid Hamilton served in the American Revolution, primarily as aide-de-camp to General Washington, acting as Washington's spymaster. Forging a successful legal career, Hamilton coauthored The Federalist Papers and plunged into politics. Irresistibly attractive to women, he was a man of many gifts, but he could be arrogant and was at times a poor judge of character.

In this meticulously researched, illuminating, and lively account, Willard Sterne Randall mines the latest scholarship to provide a new perspective on Alexander Hamilton, his illegitimate birth, little-known military activities, political and diplomatic intrigues, and sometimes scandalous private life.

From his less than auspicious start in 1755 on the Caribbean island of Nevis to his untimely death in a duel with his old enemy Aaron Burr in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, despite his short and tragic life, left a huge legacy.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060195496
Branch Call Number: 973.4092 Hamil-R
Characteristics: xiii, 476 p. : ill., maps


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Mar 25, 2017

Hamilton and Jefferson were both ambitious and rivals in some sense. Both succeeded. If Hamilton went into finance, probably he participated in wording the Constitution's financial part in 1776, which said: "Congress has the right [not "exclusive" right] to print money. Texe Marrs writes in "Codex Magica" that the international bankers sent an envoy to the Founding Fathers to help them write this financial part of the Constitution, and by omitting the word "exclusive", they opened the door to a later takeover of USA finances by the international bankers. Marrs writes in Codex Magica that the bankers' envoy was Heym Solomon. Solomon Tulbure authored another book (I omit the title here on purpose), you find it in BPL by his name. He too says: "The founding fathers were good friends with the bankers." Then in 1860, when in the Civil War Lincoln could not pay his soldiers the 250M he owed them, the bankers blackmailed him (using the back door of the lack of the word "exclusive") into passing a bill, which gave the right to the international bankers to print American money. Even as of today, they are the "Federal Reserve," which is not American. They print American money and lend it to the USA Gov. at an interest. Lincoln was planning to scrap the Bill, but a lone assassin was sent to prevent this. Later on the same thing happened to JF Kennedy, who wanted to print free American money.

Mar 24, 2017

" Hamilton is a popular choice for biographers and was most recently profiled in Richard Brookhiser's interpretive Alexander Hamilton, American (1999). Randall hews to a more descriptive style, narrating Hamilton's fortune-marked rise to fame, which was sealed when the ambitious aide-de-camp of Washington pleaded for, and got, the assignment to lead the final assault at the Battle of Yorktown. Randall's coverage of Hamilton's subsequent career is covered economically in the one-volume format, so the reader here has an offering weighted toward Hamilton's rise from obscurity on the Caribbean island of St. Croix, emigration to New York City, and enlistment in the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. An extremely intelligent and diligent prodigy, Hamilton had a talent for attracting influential patrons, a feature Randall capably emphasizes while also using adroit detailing to vivify the worlds Hamilton moved through, from the slave economy of St. Croix to the upper American social crust into which he married. Randall's vigorous prose captures shows the compass of Hamilton's life and his role in making the U.S. a going concern. "-Gilbert Taylor

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