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Hamilton's approach to politics

Joanne Freeman Q: Describe Hamilton's approach to politics.

A: Many people think about Hamilton, when they think about him, as a politician, as the best politician. Because he seems sort of sneaky and conniving and intriguing. He fits our image of what a politician ought to be. But, point of fact, Hamilton actually was not a very good politician at all. He liked to do everything himself. He was really bad at delegating responsibility in any way. He was impulsive. When something happened, he would immediately fly off the handle. And there were many, many letters in which he suggests really outrageous things, in response to something that seems to him like it's going to cause the world to end.

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