Forrest McDonald on Jefferson and Hamilton

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    In my reading about the founding era, I think I have to say that thus far, I haven’t come across anyone whose work is quite as impressive as that of Forrest McDonald. I’ve noticed that it seems like he favors Hamilton over Jefferson, which seems odd to me for a historian who identifies as a conservative.

    Am I correct in understanding McDonald to have this view, and if so, why is this? Was he a Straussian? What school of history does his work fall under?

    If you think there is a better author to read on this era, (aside from you since I’ve read four of your works already) who is it?


    McDonald was an avowed Hamiltonian. Certainly not a Straussian. I agree that his work, particularly Novus Ordo Seclorum, is superb.

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