The man on the $10 bill is probably the most overlooked Founding Father. This book--not a names-and-dates biography, but an appreciation and assessment in the tradition of Plutarch--should help change that. Richard Brookhiser is an outstanding writer well known for his previous books (especially the wonderful Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington) and journalism (in National Review and the New York Observer); Hamilton could not have asked for a better advocate. A signer of the Constitution and author of roughly two-thirds of the Federalist Papers, Hamilton became the first secretary of the treasury at the age of 32. In this capacity, Brookhiser argues that the scrappy Caribbean native gave birth to American capitalism by developing the country's financial system. Brookhiser also reveals the sex and violence of Hamilton's life: he survived personal scandal but was shot down by Aaron Burr in an 1804 duel. The end came too soon for Hamilton--and it also helped elevate the reputation of his nemesis, Thomas Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton: American is by turns learned, funny, and inspiring. A model of popular biography, it convinces us why we should care deeply about a remarkable man who lived two centuries ago. --John Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brookhiser (Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington) rediscovers another founding father. Hamilton was one of the epochal figures of the Revolutionary period?he collaborated with Madison on the Federalist papers, served as secretary of the treasury under Washington and, along with Jefferson, is largely responsible for the modern two-party system?but he was also one of the most controversial. John Adams called Hamilton a "bastard" and a "foreigner" (both charges held some degree of truth); Jefferson thought he was secretly "against the liberty of the country," an accusation Brookhiser emphatically disproves. Hamilton's death only increased his infamy; he fell in a duel with then Vice President Aaron Burr, an event that remains one of the most bizarre in American history. ("Imagine Al Gore shooting Donald Regan," Brookhiser writes.) In this slim but rewarding book, Brookhiser traces the entire course of Hamilton's professional and personal life. Though he doesn't shrink from the more unsavory episodes, such as Hamilton's adulterous affair with a married woman and her subsequent blackmail of him, the author clearly admires his subject. The only blemish is Brookhiser's occasional use of bubblegum psychology, as when he writes of Hamilton's desire to "be his father" as a driving force behind Hamilton's infidelity. Although he doesn't provide a substantive analysis of Hamilton's work (just four pages are given to the Federalist papers, arguably the most important contribution of Hamilton's career), Brookhiser gives us a valuable, incisive portrait both of Hamilton's character and of the character of young America.
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Good book on a great man. He was an enigma and I am not sure that this book gave me a much clearer picture of him. RIPPublished 2 months ago by Judith Johnson
“Alexander Hamilton, American” is not a biography per se, but rather a series of essays, each one devoted to a particular topic, as indicated by chapter headings: War, Laws, Words,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ricardo Mio
Brookhiser packs a good bit in a short biography. Personally, I liked that. I am not really inclined to go all in so to speak on reading about Hamilton. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Just A Review
The book was in good quality. No tears, marks, stains or anything else. I am very happy with this purchase.Published 19 months ago by Amber Imran
I did not like being cut off in the middle of a thoughtful review of a complex book - without warning or options.Published 20 months ago by Martin W. Sternlicht
As this book puts it, Alexander Hamilton is the "forgotten founding father". I recommend this book as it is a thorough description of Hamilton and his life. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joe Howard
Richard Brookhiser's, "Alexander Hamilton American," was a thoroughly researched, well written look at the life of a most interesting man. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Seaotter
Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) was once called by John Adams the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler." Hamilton was born in St. Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by C. M Mills
A relatively short book by Richard Brookhiser, at 240 pages, "Alexander Hamilton, American" provides interesting, if not very exciting, bits of information on this important... Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Thomas A. Fenton