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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.
Summary: Alexander Hamilton liked to keep the details of his childhood secret, but this book begins by unveiling much of the mystery. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Lazarus
This book shines light to a very interesting character either at a personal as well as a public level. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Roberto Freda
Very Insightful book on one of the founding father of United States and also it's most controversial, driven personality. Read morePublished 29 days ago by inderdeep singh
I had previously read about Alexander Hamilton in books about John Adams, George Washington and the Revolution. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marc Ranger
Ron Chernow gives a very in-depth look into the contributing aspects of Hamilton's life, as well as the period of time from which he lived. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NRW Teacher
It is a very detailed and educational book. It made me realize how fragile the United States government was in the early days of the republic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Wallace