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When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than 200 years ago, he didn't just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. A charismatic dreamer admired by the likes of Jefferson, Madison, and Humboldt, and intimate friends with both Hamilton and Burr, the Columbia professor devoted his life to inspiring Americans to pursue medicine and botany with a rigor to rival Europe's.

Though he was shoulder-to-shoulder with the founding fathers - and even present at the fatal duel that took Hamilton's life - Hosack and his story remain unknown. Now, in melodic prose, historian Victoria Johnson eloquently chronicles Hosack's tireless career to reveal the breadth of his impact. The result is a lush portrait of the man who gave voice to a new, deeply American understanding of the powers and perils of nature.

©2018 Victoria Johnson (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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NYC as a semi-rural city

Remarkable history of a remarkable physician who created a mini botanical garden in the middle of Manhattan, while practicing medicine. He was a leader of the science of botany. He remains unknown to most. Story is long; easy listening.

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Bio of a great American

I'm so glad someone has unearthed the history of this very important person. A valuable aspect of the book is the way she has situated the life in the context of his time, with Joseph Banks, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and countless others.

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Great American Story for History Buffs and Plant Enthusiasts

Very please with this purchase. The it is a compelling story of an early American that *chose* to make a difference. His determination, dedication to his field and doggedness in his purpose are great examples even today.

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Was hoping for more in treatments

This is a history text. I was hoping to learn more on historic medicinal usage of plants in America. This book focuses instead in the men who promoted thier use.

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An american legacy honoring medicinal herbs

If one is A lover of plants and especially medicinal herbs and a lover of early american history you should deeply inspired by the legacy of David Hossack, botanist, medical doctor, close intimate friend andof the founders of a floundering new country. Who saw beyond the concerns political, economic and struggles to achieve unity - the world of its native plants, trees. Not only in America, but the world, founded the Elgin notanical garden that was in the center of New York city, inspired American gardens sice. Hossak’s brilliant legacy points to the little acknowledged role plants play in uniting all people in this country and the world. It is impeccably researched and written and the production is a joy. Michael Tierra

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American Eden- obscure history brought to light

This a well written book full of history that didn’t make the history books. It plays like a novel with intrigue, action, and suspense. This book brought to me that this time in history everyone’s priority was “progress of the nation”. Highly recommended.

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Very interesting history

Excellent book. Very interesting story particularly during the early stages of our nation. Well researched.