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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.
I majored in American History in college, but all through my education, I lamented that survey classes spent soooooooooooooooo much time slogging through the early years of the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Clio Reads
This was an interesting as well as very informative book on the life of Alexander Hamilton. Living part time in St. Croix first brought me to the book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by NPR fan
Imagine you decide to read a biography about one of the coolest American patriots. The book arrives and it's HUGE! Read morePublished 10 days ago by D. Toomey
I have this author's book on Washington so I decided to read this book. I was not disappointed. It is excellent.Published 15 days ago by Richard Ross
The book was thoroughly researched and offered insights into what molded Hamilton's personality, motivations, ambition, intellect and his love of his family and country.Published 15 days ago by mike hamilton
The only drawback is the boring page 6 stuff about personal indiscretions. Otherwise highly readable and makes you want to know all the fathers.Published 18 days ago by Michael T. Carney
Great book. You need to be a dedicated student of history to read this deep and detailed treatment of Hamilton and US history. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dot dot dot
I haven't read enough about Hamilton to know whether this biography is biased or not, but I did find it very informative and on that basis, I give it the rating I give it. Read morePublished 22 days ago by TruxtonSpangler
Another masterpiece from Ron Chernow. Like The House of Morgan, and Titan, Alexander Hamilton is a tremendous effort focusing on one of the most important Founding Fathers. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Patrick H.