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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 book is so well researched. It completely vindicates a
Hamilton. It was hard to put down and I was sorry to reach the end of the book. Read more
Great book! Excellent! Loved every minute I spent reading it. History and personal sacrifices of America's founding fathers. What a story!Published 5 hours ago by James M. Williams
The subject is interesting. Perhaps its too much information or the very pompous style with which it is written makes me put it on the back burner and stuff in three books in... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Audio Fan
I just finished this book and can sum up my reaction as "WOW" what a book. I would say it is comparable to "Team of Rivals" that covered the interactions of key... Read morePublished 3 days ago by jim bene
Second biography I've read by Chernow. Man delivers the goods.Published 3 days ago by Yegeny Sigalov
fantastic read and very detailed about Hamilton.....well written and engagingPublished 4 days ago by Damon Walters