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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.
Good read but used a lot of $5 words when a fifty cent word would do.Published 4 days ago by Texas Tuit
During my junior year in high school I was exposed to the fact that Alexander Hamilton played an integral part in the formation of our present day federal government. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Steve S. jacobs
Absolute best history book I have ever read! Wonderful author-so thorough-you feel as though you're reading a novel-but all that you read is
actual history! Read more
I actually got this book from a store, but I've been buying up Founder books on Amazon left and right in my quest to earn a self-awarded M.A. Read morePublished 23 days ago by aztecthrush
This is a marvelous book. So detailed and full of extra information you thought you knew, but didn't know the whole story.
Alexander Hamilton was an amazing man!!
I listened to this as an audio CD in my car every day for several weeks. It was as engrossing as a novel, even if I knew many of the facts of his life ( out-of-wedlock birth, death... Read morePublished 1 month ago by McLizzy
I started this biography just after finishing Chernow's Pulitzer winning bio of George Washington. Both are well worth the time invested. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan J Wright