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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 the Hardcover edition.
Powerful book that took me into a time I was not familiar with and revealed how much times have remained the same.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I was aware of some of the achievements of Hamilton. However, I did not REALLY understand the full importance of his contribution in the establishment of our federal government. Read morePublished 1 day ago by hawkeye
Amazing read, crazy detail. I wasn't halfway through and I'd already learning more about Hamilton that I expected. Well written, as well.Published 2 days ago by Chris Capot
Eye opening look at history and famous Americans. Fascinating info on men like Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, and especially Washington and Mrs Hamilton. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Janice Tangeman
Well written, well researched biography of an important, complicated founder. It is an easy read that presents a compelling narrative.Published 2 days ago by John Guard
Of all the Founders, Alexander Hamilton is probably the least honored. There are, of course, The Federalist (perhaps, as Chernow suggests, the greatest book on practical governance... Read morePublished 2 days ago by David Becker, Professor of Government
Engaging, incredibly detailed, rich in context, and makes economics fascinating. That said, I bogged down in the intricate detail about halfway through and put it aside. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer