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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.
Chernow's biography is well researched and detailed.
The modern world and America's current state are much closer to the spirit of Hamilton, and in that sense he really is one of the most important of the founders.
"Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow is a fascinating, gripping biography of one of the most interesting and overlooked Founding Fathers.
A comprehensive treatment of one of America's geniuses who is rarely mentioned in High School education.Published 1 day ago by J. B. Kelly
I finally got a good overview of the Revolution and the early history of the United States. Well worth wading through.Published 8 days ago by Howard Fink
Extremely well written and well researched. I am enjoying it immensely and will look for other books by this author.Published 9 days ago by Judith Zubka
Thrilling story of Alexander Hamilton and his impact on the early years of our republic. It is a story of the development of political parties as well as intrigue and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arch Pounian
The fact that Lin–Manuel Miranda is basing his newest Broadway musical on this book's narrative should speak volumes about its relevance to us today. And it certainly does. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Berg