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American Eden

David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins

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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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  • Elliott Wolfe, M.D.
  • 25-04-2019

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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  • Sheryl Griffith
  • 21-01-2019

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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  • Michael Tierra
  • 08-02-2020

An american legacy honoring medicinal herbs

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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.
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  • kris
  • 23-01-2020

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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  • Tom Blinten
  • 23-12-2018

Very interesting history

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