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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow
Edition: Hardcover
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are all republican, we are all federalist, June 22, 2004
This review is from: Alexander Hamilton (Hardcover)
The war between Republicans and Federalists continues to be fought up to the present day, as Freeman's "Washington", Malone's "Jefferson", Page Smith's "Adams", Beveridge's und J.E.Smith's "Marshall", and Mitchell's and McDonald's "Hamilton" prove.
Chernow's "Hamilton" now joins the fray, and is by no means constantly fair and impartial to its hero's enemies (well, neither are the other historians). Personally, I like to think that the "founding fathers" - for all their faults, jealosies and ambitions, and though fighting each other like tomcats - were, in the last measure, honourable gentlemen, full of genuine concern for their country's future.
Anyway, the "Hamilton" biography by Chernow reads like a novel, contains lots of new research, and earns a resounding five stars. Period!
Somehow it is quietly reassuring that this book has become a bestseller in the U.S. as this attests to the deep interest of our American friends in the continuance of the "experiment" started in 1776.

Shaka Zulu: The Biography of the Founder of the Zulu Nation
Shaka Zulu: The Biography of the Founder of the Zulu Nation
by E. A. Ritter
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Black Napoleon", August 1, 2003
For every European and American interested in Black Africa and the Bantu, Ritters "Shaka" is a "must read", full of high adventure, full of an unknown world. His affection for the Zulus is contagious, and his joy in narrating his story rubbs off on his readers.
It would be eminently unfair to expect of Ritter a strictly "historical" account of Shaka and his time: the only written records to survive are those of white traders and seamen. Oral traditions were bound to be contradictory (Zulu, by the way, held in olden times the largest vocabulary of any unwritten language!), and tales certainly grew taller in re-telling. To boot, Ritter had no access yet to records like the James Stuart Archive. But Ritter eminently succeeds in waking ones interest in this "black Napoleon" and his time, and especially in everything connected with this proud warrior tribe, their way of life, social conditions and their development.
It cannot be gainsaid that the Zulu under Shaka, like the Mongols under Jingis Khan or the French under Napoleon - though on a much smaller scale - left a trail of blood and tears; but up to the present day Shaka is spoken of with awe and venerated by his own people like Napoleon and J.K. are by theirs....

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