Alexander Hamilton 9.7分
读书笔记 FOURTEEN Putting the Machine in Motion
That Hamilton could be so sensitive to criticisms of himself and so insensitive to the effect his words had on others was a central mystery of his psyche.

也是为什么他可以"In clearing your name you have ruined our lives"

Like other founding fathers, Hamilton inhabited two diametrically opposed worlds. There was the Olympian sphere of constitutional debate and dignified discourse—the way many prefer to remember these stately figures—and the gutter world of personal sniping, furtive machinations, and tabloid-style press attacks. The contentious culture of these early years was both the apex and the nadir of American political expression. Such a contradictory environment was probably an inescapable part of the transition from the lofty idealism of Revolution to the gritty realities of quotidian politics. The heroes of 1776 and 1787 were bound to seem smaller and more hypocritical as they jockeyed for personal power and advantage in the new government.

Lin好像也讲到过这一点……以及"The ancestors are freaks"哈哈

The Churches also grew close to the American artist John Trumble, lending him money so that he could study with Benjamin West in England and Jacques-Lous David in France.

"You ever see a painting by John Trumbull?"

It is an observation as just as it is common that in those great revolutions which occasionally convulse society, human nature never fails to be brought forward in its brightest as well as in its blackest colors. And it has very properly been ranked not among the least of the advantages which compensate for the evils they produce that they serve to bring to light talents and virtues which might otherwise have languished in obscurity or only shot forth a few scattered and wandering rays.

Hamilton写给Nathanael Greene的却带有自传意味的悼词。感觉前面真的出现过类似的表达,尤其是最后一句……

Hamilton knew the symbolic value of rapid decision making and phenomenal energy. As he wrote during the Revolution, "If a Government appears to be confident of its own powers, it is the surest way to inspire the same confidence in others."

No other moment in American history could have allowed such scope for Hamilton's abundant talents.
The position demanded both a thinker and a doer, a skilled executive and a political theorist, a system builder who could devise interrelated policies. It also demanded someone who could build an institutional framework consistent with constitutional principles.

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