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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.
Ron Chernow's wonderful biography gives a stunning, comprehensive, and frank look at one of the greatest minds of the founding generation. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Kyle Wernke
I bought this at my local library sale, and give this this two starts to emphasize the research, rather than the text. Read morePublished 8 days ago by willmonk
This book is the most comprehensive biography of Alexander Hamilton in modern times and this book tells it well with a fountain of scholarly research and new material. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dr. Miguel Faria
If you want to feel depressed about what you've accomplished in life, look at what this guy did before he was thirty.Published 11 days ago by technicat
Pulitzer prize winners are usually pretty good. From my point of view, this guy was superior to most of our presidents.Published 15 days ago by M. Archer
I·'ll admit, I knew nothing about Alexander Hamilton other than that he was on the ten dollar bill. This incredible biography certainly opened my eyes as to what a remarkable and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gregory M. Price
Puts our contemporary political mess in perspective!
These American heroes were as messed up human beings as we are---but they left us a great legacy.