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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.
Outstanding.....An excellent homage to my number one founding father.Published 6 days ago by maria r manolaros
I'll admit this is the first bio I've ever read of Hamilton. I'd read Chernow's book on Washington and that led me to Hamilton. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Brian V. Hunt
great man that shaped our country…lots of interesting history about the United StatesPublished 19 days ago by barbara leckenby
I listened to this many years ago from a book from the library but bought it recently so my husband could listen to it while we travel. This was very interesting to me. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Barbara J. Hammerbeck
Well worth the time to read it. Hamilton a fascinating man, expressed so well by Chernow.Published 27 days ago by Lois A. Pancoast
Didn't realize his impact to the nation. Brilliant read on this American patriot of the U.S. Worth a read. Enjoyed alotPublished 1 month ago by Nathalie Sears