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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
Led to this biography by Miranda's Hamilton musical it could not have been more delightful to read. To be able to chart the path of the musical is a rare dramaturgical treat. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by ElizWolf
I am barely into this amazing tome but writing my first impressions.
This book is the stylistic companion to the Hellenistic sculpture from Pergamon. Read more
Well written, extremely well researched book about a real colossus in American history. Provides a stunning perspective on how the US emerged from its founding, and the immense... Read morePublished 2 days ago by James L. Liang
Powerful book that took me into a time I was not familiar with and revealed how much times have remained the same.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was aware of some of the achievements of Hamilton. However, I did not REALLY understand the full importance of his contribution in the establishment of our federal government. Read morePublished 7 days ago by hawkeye
Amazing read, crazy detail. I wasn't halfway through and I'd already learning more about Hamilton that I expected. Well written, as well.Published 8 days ago by Chris Capot
Eye opening look at history and famous Americans. Fascinating info on men like Jefferson, Madison and Monroe, and especially Washington and Mrs Hamilton. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Janice Tangeman