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

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

On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his ?second? for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack. As historian Victoria Johnson reveals in her groundbreaking biography, Hosack was one of the f On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was...

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Title:American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Author:Victoria Johnson
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Genres:History
ISBN:1631494198
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic Reviews

  • Andrew
    Jan 17, 2019
    Most of us have seen Rockefeller Center, either in person or on TV. At Christmas time, there is a huge tree. Probably few of us knew that, in the late 18th are early 19th centuries, there was a botanical garden on that same lot. That botanical garden was America's first. It was part of...
  • Caro
    Dec 28, 2018
    Hosack, a physician, surgeon and botanist in the early days of the Republic, was intent on creating a botanical garden in New York so that researchers could find new botanical drugs (sadly, it's now the site of Rockefeller Center). He was an ambitious, energetic, fascinating figure act...
  • Carol Evans
    Aug 15, 2018
    American Eden is the story of David Hosack (August 31, 1769 ? December 22, 1835), a botanist and doctor in New York City in the late 18th ? early 19th centuries. I admit, I was drawn to the book at first because he was the doctor at the duel between Hamilton and Burr. (I have not s...
  • Erika
    Jul 27, 2018
    My father enjoyed and suggested I read this biography of a doctor and botanist in the early republic of the USA. ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Oct 02, 2018
    I found the audiobook for this National Book Award non-fiction title on #Hoopla. David Hosack was an important scientist and physician in the early days of the country. He fought tirelessly to establish a botanical garden for medicinal and other scientific purposes in NYC. While very w...
  • Colleen
    Jul 21, 2018
    really enjoyed this. Had no idea one of our first botanical gardens was located where rockefeller center is now. Lots of interesting characters and historical events framed in a different perspective, with medicine and botany taking central roles.bit depressing that the garden didnt re...
  • Debbie
    Feb 05, 2019
    My nephew gave me this book for Christmas and he chose well, this book has many things that I like to read about such as medical history, botany, & early American history. David Hosack was a fascinating person who was interested in ways to help build communities and improve lives...
  • meli
    Sep 16, 2018
    an extensive and robust history lesson from the early days of medicine and botany in this country as it was on the east coast and its relationship with the european medicinal / science & arts world, and a close relationship to both hamilton and burr. there is no american history ...
  • Cassandra
    Jan 23, 2019
    This . . book . . . was. . . exhausting, and I didn?t even physically read it. I listened to it on Hoopla. I agree with other reviews pointing out how unfocused it is. It could have been two separate books. Cons: Lists on lists of Latin plant species names and grotesque explanati...
  • Anna
    Aug 05, 2018
    In this book, Victoria Johnson has brought to life an American hero who conquered New York with his intellect, imagination, and drive. Here was a man, witness to the most famous duel in our country's history, who refused to choose political sides. He entreated botanists and medical pr...
  • Jane
    Jan 05, 2019
    Once I got to enter St. Peter's in Rome, not through the main door, but through the Bernini sculpture that the Pope uses. Amazing, coming through a strange, dark, magnificent Baroque tunnel and then into a famous place. So it is here, where Victoria Johnson leads us through the life of...
  • Gaby Chapman
    Jul 08, 2018
    The birth of a nation and one New York City botanist/doctor who dedicated his life to putting medicine and botanical science on a par with the Old World ...
  • Anna
    Jun 21, 2018
    If you are into history especially medical history. This is the book for you. I learned so many fascinating facts about American medicine from this book. I?ve never actually taken the time to consider how medical advances are made but this book explains a lot about what was happening...
  • Rachel-Cassia
    Dec 29, 2018
    Full of botanical goodies and American history ...
  • Shelley
    Jun 12, 2018
    This is a great view of medical science/practice/botany/pharmacology in the early Republic, and to illustrate how important science was to the founding and next generation. You know, before willful ignorance became popular. ...
  • Laurie
    Aug 25, 2018
    This is a lovingly told story of New York City history, the history of botany in the early years of the United States, the early history of Columbia Medical School and, above all, the life story of David Hosack. Never heard of him? Well, neither had I till reading the review in the ...
  • Maria
    Dec 31, 2018
    Delightful! Somewhat different than I expected - a lot more about life and medicine in the early days of the United States, less botany. But interesting to learn about early medical developments and even more so to realize how all the intellectual / political elite knew each other, I d...
  • Amy Lawson
    Oct 17, 2018
    This book was dense. I felt like I was in a botany class at times. Shout out to Dr. Lu - OU botany class circa 1988!!! However, I did enjoy the early American history that was also included and that seemed to help me get through the more tedious sections about plants and science a...
  • Harrison
    Jan 11, 2019
    An impressive work of scholarship. ...
  • Jaimirsky
    Jan 03, 2019
    I found this book fascinating. Johnson's book is as much a portrait of the time period and place as it is a biography of an illustrious, yet unfamiliar historical figure.While some of the botanical specifics might be a bit much for some, I think the details of day-to-day life through b...
  • Kate McDowell
    Jan 11, 2019
    I listened to this book on a long road trip this week, and I was vacillating between giving this 3 or 4 stars. I found the story delightful and profound, and learned so much about plants, history, and the creation of the United States as we know it; however, it was pretty meticulously ...
  • Robert Walkley
    Sep 21, 2018
    American Eden by Victoria Johnson is about a long forgotten American hero of the early Republic. David Hosack (1769-1835) was both a scientist and a dreamer. He was also an indefatigable doer and a practical man, in most respects. He studied botany and medicine and though he wasn?t o...
  • Barb Fleischer
    Jan 04, 2019
    Had good information at times but was very dry and unfocused at others. Struggled to finish it. ...
  • Lisa Cerqueira
    Jan 23, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book ?it brought to life a time of history I knew very little about (post-Revolutionary War US), and introduced me to a time when medicine was as interested in botany and plant-based remedies as I am now! I had no idea botany was once a standard subject taught...
  • Rick Elinson
    Sep 04, 2018
    This is another welcome biography of a significant person, forgotten to history. Not only was David Hosack a dedicated botanist who established the first large garden in Manhattan at the beginning of the 19th century, but he was also a physician important enough to be Hamilton's doctor...
  • Karin
    Dec 16, 2018
    Interesting bio of Dr. Hosack and his goal of establishing a botanic garden in new york. Definitely an interesting lens through which to view early american history, however, it did feel unfocused at times and also some of the material was a bit dry. Worth a borrow from the library, th...
  • JQAdams
    Oct 05, 2018
    This is a straightforward biography of David Hosack, a mover and shaker in New York City in the decades after the American Revolution. He led an interesting life -- a friend of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, among other early-American leaders, a pioneering doctor and surgeon, a lea...
  • Maryellie
    Jun 09, 2018
    American Eden is the story of Dr. Hosack a doctor who believed botany and the study of plants would help medicine. In the late 1700's and 1800's he created a garden in what is now Rockefeller Center. He was doctor to A Hamilton and A Burr. This biography is well worth reading. ...
  • Kathleen
    May 08, 2018
    American Eden is a well-researched, readable, compelling history of the life of David Hosack. His life provides an engrossing narrative including descriptions of botany, medicine and political networks in the young United States. ...
  • Elizabeth W
    Jan 05, 2019
    American Eden presents an interesting biography of David Hosack and a look at the development of plant sciences around the time of the American revolution. It gives a very good sense of Hosack as an individual, and situates him and plant sciences in the political and cultural spheres o...