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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.
Excellent. I couldn't put this down! I don't read a lot of historical biographies, but I'm glad I picked this one. I learned so much about how this country began. Read morePublished 1 day ago by HMJ
What a treat to look back to the beginning of our country's government through the lens of Alexander Hamilton. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brian C. White
Amongst all of the contemporary biographers of American historical figures, Chernow is the best. While Hamilton is a harder read than others it is by far the most detailed.Published 6 days ago by Thomas Schulte
I came to Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton through his equally engrossing biography of George Washington. It doesn't disappoint! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Erin D. Mullally
A touching and fascinating account of life, times, and ever-lasting contributions of one of the greatest Americans ever - Alexander Hamilton.Published 10 days ago by Garik S
A readable in depth biography. However, the detailed description of some of the legislative details can be more than necessary for some readersPublished 13 days ago by paul a rosenberg
Wonderful read. Has given me some keen perspectives on today's political climate. Who says history is boring-------surly they have not read this