Washington and Hamilton: The Indispensable Alliance
An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom
Stephen Knott, Professor of National Security Affairs, United States Naval War College
The most important collaboration in American history was the unlikely partnership of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. This extraordinary alliance between a wealthy Virginia planter and a brash immigrant from the Caribbean helped to win the American Revolution and establish a “new order for the ages.” While there are numerous biographies of Washington and Hamilton as independent actors, no one has focused exclusively on the interactions between these two key founders, and no one has contested the conventional narrative that the two key players of the founding era were Jefferson and Madison. This conventional narrative is the preferred account of most historians, partly for ideological reasons. This book serves as a counterweight to this distorted history.
Stephen Knott is Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. Prior to teaching at the Naval War College, he was Co-Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He also served for seven years as an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the United States Air Force Academy. His books include Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth (2002); Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency (1996); At Reagan's Side: Insiders' Recollections from Sacramento to the White House (2009); and Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics (2012). His most recent book, Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America, was published in September, 2015, and was co-authored with Tony Williams, the author of numerous books on the American Founding. He received his PhD in Political Science from Boston College.