A Man of Singular Ambition

Hamilton: Writings
Alexander Hamilton, Prof Joanne B. Freeman, ed.
A Library of America Volume

loa_hamiltonWhy should we read history?

I should clarify. I’m not asking about textbooks. Nor do I really care about popular histories written by journalists or media personalities. Reading those beats reading no history but they are to the real thing as Danielle Steele is to literature.

I’m talking historical monographs and rooting around in the primary sources. The dry stuff that makes people hate history more than memorizing dates. Why do it? Well, to better understand what you’re talking about for one thing.

Which brings me to the Founding of these United States. Tackle that subject Continue reading