Hamilton's curse: how Jefferson's arch enemy betrayed the American revolution-- and what it means for Americans today

Book Cover
Average Rating
Crown Forum,
Pub. Date:
Two of the most influential figures in American history. Two opposing political philosophies. Two radically different visions for America. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were without question two of the most important Founding Fathers. They were also the fiercest of rivals. Of these two political titans, it is Jefferson—–the revered author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president—–who is better remembered today. But in fact it is Hamilton’s political legacy that has triumphed—–a legacy that has subverted the Constitution and transformed the federal government into the very leviathan state that our forefathers fought against in the American Revolution.How did we go from the Jeffersonian ideal of limited government to the bloated imperialist system of Hamilton’s design? Acclaimed economic historian Thomas J. DiLorenzo provides the troubling answer in Hamilton’s Curse.DiLorenzo reveals how Hamilton, first as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and later as the nation’s first and most influential treasury secretary, masterfully promoted an agenda of nationalist glory and interventionist economics—–core beliefs that did not die with Hamilton in his fatal duel with Aaron Burr. Carried on through his political heirs, the Hamiltonian legacy:• Wrested control into the hands of the federal government by inventing the myth of the Constitution’s “implied powers” • Established the imperial presidency (Hamilton himself proposed a permanent president—–in other words, a king)• Devised a national banking system that imposes boom-and-bust cycles on the American economy• Saddled Americans with a massive national debt and oppressive taxation• Inflated the role of the federal courts in order to eviscerate individual liberties and state sovereignty• Pushed economic policies that lined the pockets of the wealthy and created a government system built on graft, spoils, and patronage• Transformed state governments from Jeffersonian bulwarks of liberty to beggars for federal crumbsBy debunking the Hamiltonian myths perpetuated in recent admiring biographies, DiLorenzo exposes an uncomfortable truth: The American people are no longer the masters of their government but its servants. Only by restoring a system based on Jeffersonian ideals can Hamilton’s curse be lifted, at last.
More Details
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 5d0f0dbe-9d0e-8293-7cdf-e74be8baf2f7
Grouping Title hamilton s curse how jeffersons arch enemy betrayed the american revolution and what it means for am
Grouping Author dilorenzo thomas j
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-04-16 04:48:43AM
Last Indexed 2019-06-16 04:52:40AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author DiLorenzo, Thomas J.
author_display DiLorenzo, Thomas J
available_at_arlington Central
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 5d0f0dbe-9d0e-8293-7cdf-e74be8baf2f7
isbn 9780307382849
item_details ils:.b13002910|.i13799009|Central Adult Nonfiction|973.4 DILOR|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Apr 15, 2019|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
last_indexed 2019-06-16T08:52:40.783Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 973.4 DILOR
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
primary_isbn 9780307382849
publishDate 2008
record_details ils:.b13002910|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Crown Forum,|2008.|243 pages ; 22.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13002910 .i13799009 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false true 9999
subject_facet United States -- Politics and government -- Philosophy
title_display Hamilton's curse : how Jefferson's arch enemy betrayed the American revolution-- and what it means for Americans today
title_full Hamilton's curse : how Jefferson's arch enemy betrayed the American revolution-- and what it means for Americans today / Thomas J. DiLorenzo
title_short Hamilton's curse :
title_sub how Jefferson's arch enemy betrayed the American revolution-- and what it means for Americans today