Hamiltons Blessing

Hamiltons Blessing

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by John Steele Gordon
     
 

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Our national debt is now so high that most of us have stopped thinking
about it, because the prospect of bringing it under control is
unimaginable. We consider it a national liability and fear our children
will be forced to pay for our current excesses. John Steele Gordon is a
welcome antidote. In 1997, his book, Hamiltons Blessing, offered a

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Our national debt is now so high that most of us have stopped thinking
about it, because the prospect of bringing it under control is
unimaginable. We consider it a national liability and fear our children
will be forced to pay for our current excesses. John Steele Gordon is a
welcome antidote. In 1997, his book, Hamiltons Blessing, offered a
"biography" of the debt, making it very much a human drama while
explaining the myriad, mostly positive, ways it has influenced Americas
history since Alexander Hamilton first proposed the virtues of a
national debt in 1792.

However, the 12 years since the books
initial publication have been perhaps the most dramatic in the debts
history-since it has more than doubled and continues on an ever-upward
spiral. Now, more than ever, we need John Steele Gordons wisdom-his
revised and expanded edition of Hamiltons Blessing will put this
historic expansion in perspective, allowing us to better participate in
debate and discussion.

Bringing a remarkable national
institution to life, Gordon offers, in the process, an original view of
American history, and insight into both well- and lesser-known figures
who have influenced and charted our voyage, from Hamilton to Jay Cooke
to John Maynard Keynes to the present. The national debt helped rescue
the Union during the Civil War and raise the nation out of the
Depression-thus offering hope it may serve a similar purpose in the
decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802778543
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
969,542
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

John Steele Gordon is one of Americas leading historians, specializing in business and financial history. He is the author of An Empire of Wealth and The Great Game. He has written for Forbes, Worth, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. John Steele Gordon lives in North Salem, New York.
John Steele Gordon is one of Americas leading historians, specializing in business and financial history. A full-time writer for the last nineteen years, Gordons articles have been published in, among others, Forbes, Forbes FYI, Worth, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Timess and The Wall Street Journals Op-Ed pages, and The Washington Posts Book World and Outlook. A contributing editor at American Heritage magazine, he has written the "Business of America"column there since 1989. His book, The Business of America (Walker & Company, 2001) is a collection of those columns. A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable (Walker & Company 2002) is Gordons sixth book. His first book, Overlanding, about his experience driving a Land Rover from New York to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina??ine-month journey of 39,000 miles?? published by Harper & Row in 1975. It was followed by The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, a history of Wall Street in the 1860?(Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988), Hamiltons Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt (Walker & Company, 1997), and The Great Game: The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power, 1653-2000 (Scribner, 1999). John Steele Gordon can be heard frequently on Public Radio Internationals Marketplace, the daily business-news program heard on more than two hundred stations across the country. He has appeared on numerous other radio and television shows, including Business Center on CNBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, The News with Brian Williams, and c-spans Booknotes with Brian Lamb. In addition, he has appeared in a number of television documentaries about American and economic history, including CNBCs The Great Game, based on his book, and Ric Burnss New York: A Documentary Film. John Steele Gordon lives in North Salem, New York. He is currently writing An Empire of Wealth: A History of the American Economy, to be published by HarperCollins.

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Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
SeattleWA1 More than 1 year ago
Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt, by John Steele Gordon (author) is an exceptionally well-written book! John Steele Gordon (author) is the best business writer alive on Earth today! A must read for our current economic climate! Fantastic, excellent nonfiction book, very well-written! Highly recommend.
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Exceptional nonfiction business book!
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Stellar writer John Steele Gordon explains our national debt. Great nonfiction book!
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Exceptional nonfiction. John Steele Gordon is the best business writer alive today.
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Someday soon all American's will look to this book for what happened!
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Masterpiece, exceptional business writing.
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Just finshihed John Steele Gordon (author) his bookTHE GREAT GAME! He is an awesome writer, so I decided to try this one, it was great.
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Very relevant to what is happening today with Federal Reserve and/or USA national debt. Great read.
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Relevant to USA economy today, this book is exceptionally well researched, superb book.
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