Richard Brookhiser, senior editor at National Review, discusses his book, Alexander Hamilton, American. Brookhiser recounts Alexander Hamilton's great successes and tragic failures as Revolutionary, bovernment-shaper, financial genius, and American visionary. He explores Hamilton's impoverished upringing in the Caribbean and describes how Hamilton went on to give birth to American capitalism by developing the country's financial system.
New York University historian John Shovlin discusses the question of American influences on the French Revolution. Finding the American role “quite modest,” he describes the powerful forces at work within France that led to revolution in 1789.