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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.
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 9 days 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 11 days ago by Susan J Wright
Outstanding explanation of a complicated man. Chernow gives Hamilton his due, good or bad. Not a weekend book but very informative.Published 16 days ago by Strxreadr
Highly entertaining and informative and incisive biography of Hamilton. I have read others, and this is the best by far. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Proctoon