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

  • 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...
  • Linda
    Aug 07, 2018
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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Terry
    Oct 28, 2018
    Excellent history book - a good combination of a relatively unknown figure, David Hosack, and fascinating early American history. Plus botany and medicine. Loved it. ...
  • 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...
  • Jules
    Oct 18, 2018
    Dr. Hosack attended the Hamilton/Burr duel, saved a young Philip Hamilton, and created and recreated medicinal/botanical gardens in New York. A perfectly fascinating account of someone I'd never heard of. Thanks to the publisher for a good title and dust jacket art, or I'd probably sti...
  • Camille
    Oct 30, 2018
    David Hosack was quite the man, Doctor, Botanist, builder of botanical gardens and early cultural and civic New York City, friend of both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Johnson's research is extraordinary and her writing so rich in detail and supporting facts that I chose to skim l...
  • Richard Haynes
    Oct 15, 2018
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  • Jada Tullos
    Dec 02, 2018
    Engaging and well researched biography of one of America's "Founding Fathers" of botany and natural history, amongst other vocations and avocations. I have to admit I didn't realize the strong link between botany and medicine in the 18th and 19th century. The history of this movement, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dawn Borgeest
    Oct 07, 2018
    Couldn't power through this.... ...
  • Michelle
    May 03, 2018
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  • Virginia
    Oct 09, 2018
    I love this book and it is wildly entertaining and full of interesting details about botany, medicine in the 18th century, NYC history, and one man?s passion for botany. This is a remarkable book that crosses disciplines with ease and inspires the reader to pursue a life of meaning, ...
  • Carol Peters
    Oct 26, 2018
    Too bad she's such a poor writer, I would have liked to learn about Hosack . . . ...
  • Pam
    Oct 15, 2018
    Sooooo good - plants, science, American history, NY history, teaching, learning ...
  • 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. ...
  • L.A. Nielson
    Nov 27, 2018
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  • Eve TheMagnificent
    Sep 16, 2018
    A very dense book packed with a multitude of curious facts and in depth research. It is not an easy read by any means, however, it does contain a large trove of interesting material with exhaustive bibliography for those invested in the subject of botany and early medical science. ...
  • Kelly Walker
    Sep 22, 2018
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