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The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
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bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery

Very interesting book. backdrop is alexander hamilton's effort to create and establish the Bank of the US during the closing decades of the 1700's and its opposition by Thomas jefferson. the main events of the book...the whiskey tax and subsequent "whiskey rebellion", the Bank of the US, the Million Bank failure, the Panic of 1792, Hamilton vs Jefferson, Hamilton's marital transgressions...are all true and accurate. the "fiction" aspect is what led to these events and how they were engineered by the 2 main fictional characters. Not a lightning read, but certainly entertaining. thought Liss did a great job intertwining the fact and the fiction into one seemless story.

and for the record, i am a Hamiltonian through and through so enjoyed his involvement in the plot.
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