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Counter Alexander Hamilton rose from humble beginnings to become the premier statebuilder and strategic thinker of the American Founding generation. This book is the first detailed narrative study of his role in foreign policy to appear in more than thirty years. It focuses on Hamilton's controversial activities as a key member of George Washington's cabinet and as an aspiring military leader in the 1790s - a decade of profound division over the shape and powers of the Federal government, and US policy toward the warring powers of Europe. Drawing parallels between Hamilton and the Florentine diplomatist and thinker, Niccolò Machiavelli, prize-winning historian John Lamberton Harper offers an insightful and accessible account of the origins of Hamilton's outlook, his bitterly personal rivalries with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and his indispensable part in designing and implementing a foreign policy able to ensure the survival of the infant United States.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 Views on international relations, Statesmen United States Biography, United States Foreign relations 1775-1783, United States Foreign relations 1783-1815, United States Foreign relations Philosophy, Machiavelli, NiccolŠo, 1469-1527