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Posted November 7, 2008
More hit piece than history
I cannot, in good faith recommend The Whiskey Rebellion, for two reasons. Foremost is the authors attitude toward Messrs. Washington and Hamilton. Far from a balanced view of event, the author employs a myopic style that removes the greater historical context in which the Rebellion occured. Without a greater historical framework, explaining the necessity of governmental action to hold the Union together, the author implies that it was almost rogue adventurism by Hamilton, with Washington taken ambivilently in tow. Of course this could be an authors bias, ot simply a lack of effort to elevate the Whiskey Rebellion above mediocrity, by providing a more researched contextualization.<BR/> Secondly, there are errors in the description of the distillation process, and in some instances there occurs incorrect terminology of the end product.<BR/> Not recommended.
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Posted June 21, 2011
History through a biased eye.
While Mr. Hogeland has a very entertaining and fluid writing style, his facts are filtered to reflect his personal bias against Hamilton, Morris and even George Washington. It is a shame, since this is a fascinating and under-appreciated period of our nation's history. The author presumes motive, and draws conclusions about Alexander Hamilton and President Washington that are unsupported at best, and often factually manipulated to support his presumptions. The uninformed will be misled, and the well versed in this history will be disappointed. It might be best to leave this one on the shelf.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2008
A dramatic moment in American History
You will never think of Hamilton the same way after reading this book. Washington stands out as a cunning leader - out maneuvering his generals who seek to mutiny his command. Told in a way that makes the history come alive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.