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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.
well written and great presentation of the protagonists. Gives a full, fair balanced picture of one of the great minds of our Country.Published 7 days ago by Kris Burke
Excellent book for the History nerd. Hamilton is one of the most fascinating characters in US history. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ken Cox
I often dislike reading biographies. Writing a good biography is difficult. What do you include? What do you leave out? What do you emphasize or deemphasize? Read morePublished 16 days ago by Bradley Nelson
This book is full of detail and at times difficult to follow. I have read Chernow before and have found that he tends to get off course and offers more information than is really... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dianne S. Litherland
Chernow is quick and engaging. His subject is fully developed with obvious scholarship and an emotional commentary that, while understandably sympathetic, never to me seems to... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gene Mack
A long but engrossing human drama about a singular figure in American history. Great writing and research make for a compelling perspective on the nation's founding fathers.Published 25 days ago by E S.