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

Author: Jay Cost.

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

Author: Jay Cost.

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Item #: D11993
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Basic
ISBN: 9781541697461
Together, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison 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, while Madison stressed the importance of republican principles. As Jay Cost argues here, both men were right, and their quarrel reveals a fundamental paradox at the heart ... More
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Together, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison 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, while Madison stressed the importance of republican principles. As Jay Cost argues here, both men were right, and their quarrel reveals a fundamental paradox at the heart of the American experiment. Cost shows that each man in his own way came to accept corruption as a necessary cost of growth, and this trade-off made the United States the richest nation in human history—even as it continues to fracture our politics to this day.


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