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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.
Didn't realize his impact to the nation. Brilliant read on this American patriot of the U.S. Worth a read. Enjoyed alotPublished 2 days ago by Nathalie Sears
Definitive biography separates fact from fancy of the highly contentious Treasurer of the early republic that largely bears out Gore Vidal's fictional portrait of him ("Burr"). Read morePublished 4 days ago by Peter Jakobsen
American history has always interested me, but had no idea what little I knew of Alexander Hamilton. Not the easiest of reads but definitely worth it.Published 6 days ago by bruce hungerford
Fantastic. His steady determination, personal brilliance and creative genius for finance, trade and government helped secure the economic foundations of this country. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Pamela Chaiet
A very good portrait of one of the most enigmatic of our founding fathers. I very much appreciate the narrative nature of the book, the recognition of Hamilton's strengths and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by T. M. Lennard
Great book, a tremendous about of detailed information about Hamilton, almost reads like a college textbook, certainly not a high-level survey of Hamilton but very detailed and... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kent Stafford
What a terrific, readable profile of one of America's most misunderstood founding fathers. Just as good as Chernow's Washington. Just a great read!Published 26 days ago by Jeannie P. Smith
Summary: Alexander Hamilton liked to keep the details of his childhood secret, but this book begins by unveiling much of the mystery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lazarus