Hamilton's Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt
Penguin Books, 1998 - 220 psl.
Measured at the staggering amount of $5.1 trillion (and growing every day) the national debt is unfathomable to most Americans. What we may not realize is that the United States was born out of debt. After the Revolution, the brilliant Alexander Hamilton was less interested in paying down the Revolutionary war debt than in using it to create a vibrant national economy. If it is not excessive, he declared, a national debt will be to us a national blessing.In a fascinating narrative brimming with colorful characters, historical accidents, and American ingenuity, business historian John Steele Gordon leads us on a tour of an American institution whose largely unknown story has been integrally entwined with our country's destiny. At key points in U.S. history, Gordon shows how the national debt has been a potent instrument of fiscal policy in keeping the world safe for democracy.But how much debt is too much? At a time when we despair of balancing even a single year's budget, Hamilton's Blessing provides much needed perspective -- and hope.
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-Christopher Lehmann - Haupt , The New York Times " Hamilton's Blessing is a treat for anyone seeking intelligent historical perspective on that much - publicized , but little understood , problem : the pileup of federal debt .
With military expenses quickly dropping , the problem , basically , was what taxes to cut . American industrialists , who had prospered greatly thanks to wartime demand and wartime high tariffs , naturally did not want the tariffs cut .
One problem is that human nature predisposes us to recognize depression easily and quickly , but prosperity , like happiness , is most easily seen in retrospect . The 1980s , ' for instance , are today remembered as a time of plenty in ...
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HAMILTON'S BLESSING: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National DebtVartotojo apžvalga - Kirkus
American Heritage columnist Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, 1988) deserves credit for attempting a brief history of the national debt aimed at a wide audience, but the result is somewhat ... Skaityti visą apžvalgą
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