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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.
Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton is a wonderful book about one of our key founding fathers. He was a driven genius who lived a life of passion for those ideas that he most admired. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Joseph Billingsley
Even at its length this is a great read and goes fast. An incredible man and a great book. I highly recommend.Published 4 days ago by Daniel MD
i have really enjoyed this book it keep you wanting more with every turn of the page. Ron Chernow really knows how to tell an interesting story I felt that I was reading about old... Read morePublished 21 days ago by amy m. kurtich
Not easy to read but exceptionally well researched and written. If you are a history buff I highly recommend this book.Published 25 days ago by Anna
Having read a few biographies by Ron Chernow I know to expect more information than I could ever absorb! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alice L
I am very impressed with Ron Chernow's exhaustive research and attention to detail. The book is packed with valuable historical knowledge. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff Benton
Very interesting and informative
It was a very interesting book. He seems to have been a very intelligent and up tight person. Read more
One of the best biographies I have ever read. From the vivid details of his stark upbringing in Nevis, his rapid rise in America, to his fateful encounter with Aaron Burr, this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cullen Wilkerson
Easy to read...fascinating individual...intimately involved throughout the Colonial period.
All should know about his contribution to the growth of America.