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.
"The volumes in the fine Word Portraits of America's Founders series are invaluable for any student of the American founding at any level. Newcomers to the subject will find them illuminating introductions to key American founders, in their own words and set in the context of how their contemporaries saw and thought about them. Experts will welcome these books as engaging, reliable resources that make even familiar subjects fresh. They should have a wide and appreciative audience."
-- R. B. Bernstein, City College of New YorkAuthor of THOMAS JEFFERSON and THE FOUNDING FATHERS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION