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American Eden

Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   15 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/18/2018

National Book Award Nonfiction Longlist 2018

American Eden

David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412464
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412471


The untold story of Hamilton's—and Burr's—personal physician, whose dream to build America's first botanical garden inspired the young Republic.

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When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred 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.


“Narrator Susan Ericksen does a fine job capturing the many interests, and interesting intersections, Hosack had during his lifetime.” —AudioFile

"Plant lovers, history buffs, New Yorkaphiles, those interested in early medicine, even Hamiltonians―all will find this engrossing.” -Library Journal Starred Review

“Plant-lovers and gardeners will savor the tales Johnson discovered about nineteenth-century botanizing and empathize with the trials of saving a garden, the most ephemeral of treasures, for posterity....American Eden is a worthwhile read for history fans, botany and garden enthusiasts, and everyone interested in the challenge of turning a good idea into a legacy.” —Booklist

Author Bio

Victoria Johnson, a former Cullman Fellow, is currently an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College in New York City, where she teaches on the history of philanthropy.