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Alexander Hamilton: From Obscurity to Greatness
by John P. Kaminski
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-87020-804-1 | Cloth: 978-0-87020-803-4
Library of Congress Classification E302.H2A44 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.4092

Born in 1755 on a small Caribbean island to unmarried parents, Alexander Hamilton did not enjoy the privileges of wealth or heredity by which so many of his contemporaries advanced to the highest levels of power. Yet Hamilton's natural ability and ambition earned him prevailing influence in the American Revolution and the government created thereafter, eventually securing his place in the pantheon of America's founders.
Editor John P. Kaminski has gathered a remarkable collection of quotations by and about Alexander Hamilton that paint for us a nuanced portrait of a complex man. Through his own words and the words of his contemporaries -- including the man who killed him in a duel, Aaron Burr -- we can gain a better understanding of this fascinating man who rose from anonymity on a small Caribbean island to the corridors of power.
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