Following the Revolutionary War, an economically devastated America was torn apart by political infighting, making widespread acceptance of the Constitution anything but a foregone conclusion. Brash and brilliant, Alexander Hamilton joined forces with his socially awkward yet equally determined colleagues James Madison and John Jay, publishing The Federalist Papers. As Bruce Chadwick asserts here, these crucial articles swayed New York—and eventually the remaining states—toward the ratification of the Constitution and the adoption of a powerful central government.
"Not just a history lesson, but an examination of the fundamental ideas that gave birth to the United States."—Kirkus Reviews