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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.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in reading about the infancy of America.
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 4 days ago by D. Wallace
This book is well written and is based on very extensive research. It is abig book and requires dedication to get through the slower parts.Published 8 days ago by Jack Shook
The founding fathers struggled with more than deep issues. They struggled among themselves, deeply and personally, and Hamilton was in the midst of it all. Read morePublished 9 days ago by booklion
Changed the way I thought about this country.Great story telling.Published 11 days ago by maryann zitsos
Excellent book. However, you will need a dictionary to assist you when reading Chernow. This is the most complete biography of Alexander Hamilton ever written. Highly recommended.Published 19 days ago by PAUL FILLION