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The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy

Jay Cost
Format
Book
Published
New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Edition
First edtion
Language
English
ISBN
9781541697461, 1541697464, 9781541697485
Summary
"In the history of American politics there are few stories as enigmatic as that of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison's bitterly personal falling out. Together they helped bring the Constitution into being, yet soon after the new republic was born they broke over the meaning of its founding document. Hamilton emphasized economic growth, Madison the importance of republican principles. Jay Cost is the first to argue that both men were right--and that their quarrel reveals a fundamental paradox at the heart of the American experiment. He shows that each man in his own way came to accept corruption as a necessary cost of growth. The Price of Greatness reveals the trade-off that made the United States the richest nation in human history, and that continues to fracture our politics to this day."--Amazon.
Contents
  • The great desideratum
  • One great American system
  • Doing full justice
  • The tool and the tyrant
  • Vexations and spoliation
  • Metaphysical war
  • Intrigue and corruption
  • The vilest of cheats.
Description
ix, 235 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-222) and index.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original black boards; dust jacket. Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2018/2019.
Technical Details
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