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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Alexander Hamilton's Revolution His Vital Role as Washington’s Chief of Staff by Phillip Thomas Tucker

  Phillip Thomas Tucker restores Hamilton’s legacy in this timely book. Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate child from a poor background in the West Indies who had a troubled youth, yet he rose to great heights in colonial America and played a big part in the Revolution. ‘Irrepressible and brilliant’, the young man became Washington’s unofficial chief of staff, liaised with the French, including Lafayette, and provided important military  advice to Washington and to Congress. Hamilton also fought in the Revolutionary Wars and  finally gained ‘battlefield glory’ in the most crucial victory of the war. The young lawyer who spoke fluent French unfortunately made many enemies, including General Lee (Robert E. Lee’s father) and, famously, Aaron Burr.


This interesting and detailed book which describes Hamilton's rise to power, his friendship with Washington, and his frustration about being trapped in his position is well-worth reading if you like American history and biographies. It made me want to read more about Alexander Hamilton. I did get a little fed-up when I first began the book, however, because I found it a bit sycophantic and remember wondering whether Hamilton had any faults! (He finally turned out to have a very few, including a quick temper). Apart from this, it was an excellent account of this American hero’s youth.

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