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Alexander Hamilton: Ambivalent Anglophile ( Biographies in American Foreign Policy #9)
Of all of the Founding Fathers of the American republic none, with the possible exception of Thomas Jefferson, has evoked more passions and aroused more controversy than Alexander Hamilton. In this absorbing new biography, eminent historian Lawrence Kaplan examines Hamilton's conception of America's role in the world and the foreign policies that followed from his vision. ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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An excellent short biography of Hamilton, emphasizing his contributions to American foreign relations. Kaplan argues that the contrasts between Hamilton and Jefferson have been overdrawn by historians (even as they were by the two men themselves). Both favored policies intended to help the US develop into a power independent of the control of any European nation. While Hamilton preferred a closer relationship with Britain and a greater distance from France, he was at most an "ambivalent ...more
I chose the book because I thought I needed to learn more about Hamilton but half way through, I realized I had pretty much learned it all while reading Adams and Jefferson. It was interesting, but I would suggest a different book on him. A little too dry.