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American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Talk & Book-signing

Sunday, February 17, 2019, 1:30-2:30pm

Presenter: Victoria Johnson, author

This lively, illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her acclaimed new book, "American Eden", 2018 National Book Award finalist for non-fiction.

When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both Hamilton and Burr, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Jefferson and Humboldt. Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States. Today, his former garden is the home of Rockefeller Center.

"American Eden is one of those rare books…it surprises by its originality, it impresses with its deep scholarship and it seduces with its beautiful writing. Victoria Johnson has the gift of a storyteller and the tenacity of a detective…her descriptions of medicine, botany and politics in the early Republic are not only compelling but also exquisitely researched."

--Andrea Wulf, author of "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World"

"Lucky is the biographer who can resurrect a forgotten figure and retrieve a major reputation lost to the passage of time. In this captivating and intensely readable book, Victoria Johnson rescues the remarkable life of Dr. David Hosack, physician and botanist extraordinaire and a towering benefactor of New York and the early republic. A welcome achievement."

--Ron Chernow, author of "Grant" and "Alexander Hamilton"

Victoria Johnson is a writer and professor living in New York City. She holds a doctorate
in sociology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from
Yale. She teaches at Hunter College on the history of philanthropy, the natural
environment, and New York City.

Single class scheduled on 2/17/2019 at 1:30PM
Attendees: 1 $ 20.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 10.00 ea.