- Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding
- Hill and Wang, 432 pp.
Elusive Dreams and Untried Schemes
Study of the American founding fathers has become a hothouse industry. The capacity of the American reading public to absorb volume after volume on Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin, Madison, and others, has no limits in sight. We seem to think that if we could truly understand the founders, even across the yawning divide of more than two centuries, we would better understand our nation and ourselves. That view has become an unchallengeable item of faith, and the bestseller lists