The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty

The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty

by William Hogeland
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The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America's Newfound Sovereignty 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
neanderthal78 More than 1 year ago
This book was a must read for me because I live within five minutes of Mingo Creek, Mingo Church, and lots of other sites related to the rebellion. You can't grow up in this area without knowing about it. It's part of the local flavor. So I feel that I am very qualified to review this book based on geographical location and the fact that I've read just about everything out there on The Whiskey Rebellion. Here's the pros and cons of the book PROS: 1. Good story telling 2. Easy to read 3. Good starting point for those who want to read about this forgotten part of American history. 4. I like the focus on Brackenridge (a very entertaining character in our history). 5. If you hate Hamilton and/or Robert Morris you'll dig this book. CONS: 1. I found a very obvious error in his run through of the French and Indian War. The author states that the British were at Fort Pitt when the French attacked and took control. It wasn't Fort Pitt it was Fort Prince George. Actually it was a half built fort that was seized from an understaffed and undermanned group of poor souls that stood no chance against the overwhelming number of French from Canada. 2. Some of his Western Pennsylvania geography is a bit off in his description, especially his description of the Mingo area. I guess it wouldn't really matter to those just interested in the story and live outside of the area but for me its just a matter of pride being from here. 3. From new research Tom the Tinker may have been more than one man (some say three). Holfcroft was most likely one of them but there is evidence pointing to others also. 4. This book definitely has a bias. It should be apparent to anyone who reads more than 10 pages in. It didn't bother me but some might get annoyed. 5. If you really like Hamilton and/or Robert Morris be prepared to hate this book. I've read tons of books and articles on Alexander Hamilton (I even wrote a 50 page paper on him for an advanced history course dealing due history as a have and have not). Hamilton might be the hardest Founding Father to write a non-biased book/article about. There is just so much conflicting stories, primary source documents, and what have you, that it is really hard to really known Hamilton. When someone invents a time machine and goes back to interview the man and watch him in action then and only then will we get an accurate reading of this mans mind and heart. Villain or hero, it's hard to say. But like I said this is a good starting point and it does offer some good, solid facts that will be apparent if one reads other works about The Whiskey Rebellion. I say pick it up and enjoy.
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
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.
Secondly, there are errors in the description of the distillation process, and in some instances there occurs incorrect terminology of the end product.
Not recommended.
Jason_Warren More than 1 year ago
This book was a required book for my Westward Expansion History Course in college.   Perhaps I missed it in the introduction, but the first several chapters follow specific people.  Not the actual events of the Whiskey Rebellion, but instead the events that lead to its inception.  After I figured that out around chapter five or six, the story started to make sense. It concludes with the bringing of everything together that was spoken about in the previous chapters.  It was an eye opening book for sure, and something I am glad to have in my library now.
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Col-H More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.