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This is as good as biography gets,
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It's hard to add anything new to the praise other readers have offered here, but...
1. This book is FUN to read. You will become emotionally involved with the people, and privy to their thoughts and motives. You will cheer for some and hope others lose. I'm reminded, in a way, of Puzo's The Godfather. The characters are at least as vivid.
2. Although a couple of people here have given the book single star ratings, reflecting their own current political points of view, I find that the central antagonists of this book, Hamilton and Jefferson, cannot easily be fit into today's liberal and conservative ranks.
3. Today's political junkies will find many of these 18th century battles remarkably familiar, although there are no exact analogues to today's political players.
4. If you're like me, you won't be able to keep quiet about the book. You'll find yourself reading passages to your spouse and telling stories about Hamilton to your friends.
This is a thoroughly involving book. It is long, yes, but so is a good NFL game with a couple of overtimes. Unless you're a scholar of the period, you'll learn a great deal about what made America what it is today. And you'll wish, at least for a moment, that you were alive when Hamilton was and that you could have shared a dinner with him.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2009 3:19:17 PM PST
Jonathan Clement says:
EXCELLENT REVIEW! I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE. THIS ALEXANDER HAMILITON BIOGRAPHY IS, AND I AGREE, "AS GOOD AS IT GETS". THANK YOU.
Posted on Aug 19, 2010 9:21:15 AM PDT
Christopher K says:
Thanks for a concise yet wonderful review. Really hit the nail on the head for important traits I look for in a book.
Posted on Dec 30, 2012 9:16:41 AM PST
V. L. Wilson says:
I agree!Loved this book on my Kindle! Excellent!
Posted on Jun 1, 2013 4:38:23 PM PDT
Joan L. Prezioso says:
I thought for a moment that I had written this review ! Exactly correct in every way.
Posted on Jun 6, 2013 5:48:39 PM PDT
christian jardine says:
Agreed! This book was phenomenal. I couldn't put it down as long as it was. Many of the more negative reviews I have seen here have thrown up straw man arguments, putting words in Chernow's mouth that he neither use (nor implied). A thorough, well-researched, fascinating, and yes, fair, biography (i.e. he time and again comes back to Hamilton's inability to restrain himself from politically harmful behavior due to an overblown sense of pride and honor).
Posted on Feb 23, 2015 10:50:04 AM PST
Fantastic review !! I am currently reading this book and find that I cannot put it down......I love the way Chernow writes and yes I am reading passages to my mother who is also a history buff.
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