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Recent scholarship has lauded Alexander Hamilton as one of the most important and influential of the Founding Fathers. DiLorenzo (economics, Loyola Coll.; Lincoln Unmasked) sets out to challenge this assumption in a revisionist examination of Hamilton's political and economic ideas. Writing from the perspective of a Jeffersonian, DiLorenzo makes the case that Hamiltonian concepts have been directly responsible for such perceived ills as a big, corrupt, unwieldy federal government; the boom-bust economic cycle; overtaxation; national debt; American hegemony; and an incestuous relationship between big business and big government. Specifically, he blames the Hamiltonian philosophies of a strong central government, a state-run bank, protectionist trade policies, government-subsidized industries, and centralized economic planning. DiLorenzo argues that these policies are in direct opposition to the intent of the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution, which sought to limit the control of a central government in favor of personal liberties and states' rights. Controversial and provocative; recommended to public and undergraduate libraries for its alternative view of Hamilton from the image in popular biographies such as Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton.