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Alexander Hamilton

By Jacob E. Cooke (NHC Fellow, 1981–82)

Political History; Politics; American History; Alexander Hamilton

New York: Scribner's, 1982

From the publisher’s description:

Cooke, who edited the first 15 volumes of his subject's papers, presents a balanced reinterpretation of Hamilton's career as an American statesman, self-promoter, aristocrat, outstanding lawyer and first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Tracing Hamilton's achievements as a political economist, Cooke corrects many exaggerations of earlier biographers, especially regarding his feud with Jefferson. Exploring Hamilton's often paradoxical ideas he suggests that unresolved inner conflicts over his parentage and assumed American identity account for his outbursts of rash behavior.

History / Political Science / Political History / Politics / American History / Alexander Hamilton /

Cooke, Jacob E. (NHC Fellow, 1981–82). Alexander Hamilton. New York: Scribner's, 1982.