American Eden by Victoria Johnson audiobook

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

By Victoria Johnson
Read by Susan Ericksen

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14.90 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

A Scientific American Recommended Book

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hosack’s Columbia lectures were, as one student said, ‘as good as the theater,’ and so is Johnson’s storytelling. She weaves his biography with threads of history―political, medical and scientific―and the tale of an up-and-coming New York City.” New York Times Book Review
“A rich and compelling read.” Nature
“[A] captivating biography…She has a lovely way of conjuring up early New York and its denizens―the workers calling out as they unload cargo at the docks; the gentlemen crowding into the Tontine Coffee House for the news of the day. The book’s botany-related passages are particularly vivid.” Wall Street Journal
“An exhaustively researched, brilliant, and lively biography.” Shelf Awareness

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Author Bio: Victoria Johnson

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 14.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English