Review

A partial cover of Ehret's book.

Presenting America in Universal History

A Review of Matt Ehret’s The Unfinished Symphony: The Clash of the Two Americas, volume I By Nancy Spannaus July 8, 2021—Too often these days, people choose to view the United States from one of two templates. On the one side is the “patriotic” tradition which paints America as an […]

by August 2, 2021 1 comment News, Review
A partial photo of the book cover

“President Hamilton” Tackles Slavery

President Hamilton, A Novel of Alternative History by Lewis Ben Smith Electio Publications, Little Elm, Texas, 653 pp, paperback $24.99, Kindle $8.99 A review by Nancy Spannaus, author of Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics July 4, 2021—What if Alexander Hamilton had survived […]

by July 4, 2021 0 comments Review, Slavery
An anti-populist cartoon from the 1890s, as reproduced by Thomas Frank

Can We Revive “We the People?”

A Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, NO! A Brief History of Anti-Populism By Nancy Spannaus Nov. 7, 2020—As the current brawl over the presidential election results should make clear, the people of the United States are dangerously divided, almost split down the middle. In my view, the question before […]

by November 7, 2020 3 comments History, Review
Marshall’s Court: Principle, Not “Issues”

Marshall’s Court: Principle, Not “Issues”

 by Edward Spannaus  John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court, a film written by Richard Brookhiser and Leo Eaton, and directed by Leo Eaton.  Eaton Creative, Inc., 2020. Running time: 2 hours, 26 minutes. Available on Amazon Prime. Richard Brookhiser, John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme […]

by October 26, 2020 0 comments History, Review
Kudos for Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures

Kudos for Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures

A Review of Christian Parenti’s Radical Hamilton By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 10, 2020–“Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures is the Rosetta Stone of his economic thinking,” I asserted in my 2019 book Hamilton Versus Wall Street, and called for a debate on resurrecting his policies. My evaluation of Hamilton’s report and its […]

by October 10, 2020 0 comments Alexander Hamilton, Review
Albert Einstein playing his violin.

Creativity Is the True Source of Economic Wealth

A Book Review by Lawrence Freeman (The following book review is published with permission from Freeman’s blog Africa and the World where it appeared on June 26.  Patrick Kabanda, a native of Uganda, is an accomplished organist who also serves as what he describes as a “well-tempered non-economist,” consulting internationally on […]

by June 28, 2020 0 comments Review
Depiction of Jackson inauguration (Wikipedia Commons)

The Pathway to “A More Perfect Union”

The Growth and Collapse of One American Nation, The Early Republic 1790-1861 By Donald J. Fraser Fraser & Associates, Roseville, California, 2020, 605 pp.   A Book Review by Nancy Spannaus June 21, 2020—In examining the question of what defines an American identity, author Donald Fraser has chosen one of […]

by June 21, 2020 1 comment History, Review
Italian Paper Interviews Hamilton Author

Italian Paper Interviews Hamilton Author

By Nancy Spannaus Jan 23, 2020–“The inventor of the dollar hated the speculators,” read the headline of an interview with this author that appeared on the Economy and Jobs page of the Italian daily Avvenire on Sunday January 19. Journalist Leonardo Servadio’s article focused on my book, Hamilton Versus Wall […]

by January 23, 2020 1 comment News, Review
The Hamilton statue at Columbia University

Hamilton Review Raises Crucial Issues for Debate

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 19, 2020—The online Journal of the American Revolution (JAR) prizes a reputation for challenging “myth and legend” in its daily postings of history articles. On Jan. 15, it lived up to that standard by publishing a review of Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of […]

by January 19, 2020 0 comments News, Review
Alexander Hamilton at the Treasury

New Book Unravels Hamilton’s “Energetic Government”

Alexander Hamilton’s Public Administration Richard T. Green University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa 2019, 258 pp.   A Review by Nancy Spannaus Sept. 13, 2019—The title of Richard Green’s book Alexander Hamilton’s Public Administration, while accurate, by no means captures the critical content of this excellent book.  For, unlike many other […]

by September 13, 2019 0 comments Review