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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.
A warm and engaging account of Hamilton's passionate life. Ron Chernow clearly admired the patriotism and creativity of our most economically intelligent Founder. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Clayton Troxell
Chernow is a really engaging writer and probably couldn't be boring if he tried. He supplies many. many fascinating anecdotes. And Hamilton! Who'da thunk it? Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ronald H. Raybin
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Someone said there is no DC monument to Hamilton because our whole modern nation is his monument. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher
It was extremely well written but at times I felt the bias of the author.Published 4 days ago by WalterNawrocki
What joy to read. Held my interest throughout. There were times when I felt that Hamilton was perhaps being too favorably portrayed but, in retrospect (and historical analysis) he... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Marcus Haynes
While lengthy, this was an incredible story. Mr. Chernow has brought Mr. Hamilton alive in such a great way, that I was quite sad when he died in the book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jim Finkle
Great book, I learned so much about Hamilton and the early history of the US. For me, Hamilton went from some man on the ten dollar bill, to a living, breathing, incredibly... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Pete Sigrist
I knew very little about this Founding Father....am much more enlightened and respectful of his key role in the Nation's founding. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Steve Pattison
If this was required high school or college reading, my major would have been history instead of chemistry. Can't say enough of this wonderful historian. Read morePublished 14 days ago by pennsell