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November Virtual Book Club

November 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Join the AHA Society for its fourth annual Fall Virtual Book Club program this fall, with featured books each month for October, November, and December. Book Club sessions this year will feature authors themselves answering attendee questions!

The November Book Club will feature Radical Hamilton: Economic Lessons from a Misunderstood Founder  by Christian Parenti.

In retelling the story of the radical Alexander Hamilton, Parenti rewrites the history early America and global economic history writ large. For much of the twentieth century, Hamilton—sometimes seen as the bad boy of the founding fathers or portrayed as the patron saint of bankers—was out of fashion. In contrast his rival Thomas Jefferson, the patrician democrat and slave owner who feared government overreach, was claimed by all. But more recently, Hamilton has become a subject of serious interest again.

He was a contradictory mix: a tough soldier, austere workaholic, exacting bureaucrat, yet also a sexual libertine, and a glory-obsessed romantic with suicidal tendencies. As Parenti argues, we have yet to fully appreciate Hamilton as the primary architect of American capitalism and the developmental state. In exploring his life and work, Parenti rediscovers this gadfly as a path breaking political thinker and institution builder. In this vivid historical portrait, Hamilton emerges as a singularly important historical figure: a thinker and politico who laid the foundation for America’s ascent to global supremacy—for better or worse.

Thursday, November 16th | 7:00 pm Eastern
FREE via Zoom. Registration required.
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November 16, 2023
7:00 pm




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