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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.
This was a very well researched and well written book.
"Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow is a fascinating, gripping biography of one of the most interesting and overlooked Founding Fathers.
Mr. Chernow also makes a considerable effort to put Hamilton into context among Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Burr.
I love this biography! I have been reading each president's biography and decided I must read Hamilton because of his involvement in The founding and development of this country. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kevin Jacobson
Read while you are waiting for your tickets to the fabulous B'way show. Worth the trip from anywhere to NYC!! The book is fascinating and was the inspiration for the show. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sandie Fujita
A comprehensive treatment of one of America's geniuses who is rarely mentioned in High School education.Published 9 days ago by J. B. Kelly
I finally got a good overview of the Revolution and the early history of the United States. Well worth wading through.Published 17 days ago by Howard Fink
Extremely well written and well researched. I am enjoying it immensely and will look for other books by this author.Published 18 days ago by Judith Zubka