The History of Virtue and Corruption: Western Civilization, from Athens to America, demonstrates the meaning and incomplete record of American scholarship; (historiography and historicity or historical non-fiction). It does this by analyzing and qualifying; nearly one hundred years of American scholarship.
More than half the book is dedicated to the causes and motivations, behind the efforts of Alexander Hamilton, as Secretary of the Treasury, while under the Washington Administration, and the "unintended consequences" of an unforeseen political party, the Federalists. Hamilton, as the Leader of the Federalists, pursued a central authority, which was contrary to the Revolutionary generation's central government. By seizing control of the economy, Hamilton and the Federalists are presented as "changing the regime from within" and compared to (in detail) to Machiavelli's New Prince. Moreover; this book is specific, as to the steps and legislation, that was created by Hamilton, in a majority led Federalist Congress, who used the Constitution as an economic document, to support their ends. All the while, denying the "obligation of the Sovereign," which the Colonists, understood through more than 700 years of tradition. The latter is to be found within the Declaration of Independence, the polities of The Articles of the Confederation, and the Preamble to the Federal Constitution.