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One fault of the book, is that Chernow is so convinced of Hamiltons excellence that his narrative sometimes becomes hagiographic. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chernows account of the infamous duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804. He describes Hamiltons final hours as pious, while Burr, Jefferson, and Adams achieve an almost cartoonish villainy at the news of Hamiltons passing.
A defender of the union against New England secession and an opponent of slavery, Hamilton has a special appeal to modern sensibilities. Chernow argues that in contrast to Jefferson and Washingtons now outmoded agrarian idealism, Hamilton was "the prophet of the capitalist revolution" and the true forebear of modern America. In his Prologue, he writes: "In all probability, Alexander Hamilton is the foremost figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and more lasting impact than many who did." With Alexander Hamilton, this impact can now be more widely appreciated. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An incredible story extremely well-told. It's no wonder the musical is so good!Published 3 days ago by Gaysy
Everything you learned about Hamilton before this was wrong. Chernow provides a three-dimensional portrait of a man who did much to lift his adopted country into a nationhood.Published 6 days ago by Thomas H
Excellent read but easy to see how the US is like it is today. It has been that way all along. I loved this bookPublished 8 days ago by Kate Gallagher
Reading this, it is hard to avoid the thought that our country was founded under a special providence, with truly unique leaders. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Thomas Drew
Hamilton is the creator of the US capitalist sistem and the Federal goverment,defender of the Unión ,abolicionist ,the first secretary of the Treasury .Published 12 days ago by JOSE
Chernow has written a remarkable book. I've read his Morgan and his Washington, but believe that this was by far the finest of them. Read morePublished 12 days ago by David H. Eisenberg
I am only 300 pages into this amazing work but it's already a favorite so I felt compelled and permitted to write this review. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Gizmo8