"VERDICT A brilliant evocation of a man and his time. Plant lovers, history buffs, New Yorkaphiles, those interested in early medicine, even Hamiltonians—all will find this engrossing."       Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Trivia buffs may know Hosack as the physician who attended the 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. He certainly deserves a fuller portrait....[American Eden] provides an engaging tale of an important life in early America. An adroit portrait of an early American physician who became a pioneering horticulturist."  Kirkus Reviews

"American Eden is an exhaustively researched, brilliant and lively biography...will appeal to history lovers, botanists and gardeners alike." Shelf Awareness

"Johnson exhibits a welcome eye for the telling detail—noting, for instance, that for 18th­-century medical students the “dissection season” began in autumn, when the weather cooled and corpses lasted longer. History buffs and avid gardeners will find Hosack an appealing and intriguing figure who doubles as an exemplar of the qualities of a vibrant and expanding America.”  Publishers Weekly

“David Hosack (1769–1835) was an exemplary citizen of New York, intelligent, ambitious, public-spirited....Anyone involved with philanthropy or the nonprofit world will appreciate his struggles to raise funds. Plant-lovers and gardeners will savor the tales Johnson discovered about nineteenth-century botanizing and empathize with the trials of saving a garden, the most ephemeral of treasures, for posterity....American Eden is a worthwhile read for history fans, botany and garden enthusiasts, and everyone interested in the challenge of turning a good idea into a legacy.” Booklist