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Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth (American Political Thought)
Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth explores the shifting reputation of our most controversial founding father. Since the day Aaron Burr fired his fatal shot, Americans have tried to come to grips with Alexander Hamilton's legacy. Stephen Knott surveys the Hamilton image in the minds of American statesmen, scholars, literary figures, and the media, explaining wh ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 15th 2002 by University Press of Kansas
(first published February 2002)
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A comprehensive summary of what's been said about Hamilton since his death. Most of the chapters are largely made up of quotations that Knott strings together with some contextualization and the occasional amusing comment, but it's not unreadable. In the last chapter, as Knott summarizes Hamilton's legacy, his strong and almost rabid veneration of Hamilton comes to light, which considering his fairly reasoned presentation of the previous chapters is a bit of an about-face. Not beach reading nece ...more