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- Listening Length: 36 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 19, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007OB58A
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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.
There is a lot to like and be in awe about Alexander Hamilton. There is also quite a bit to dislike. Was he a visionary and a genius? Or a power hungry and greedy autocratic figure reminiscent of the British the U.S. fought away at the time. Through the past decades his place in history has gone through several reincarnations of both positive and negative revisionism.
Ron Chernow is undoubtedly on the sides of the Hamilton fan. However, even though his portrayal of Hamilton may not be totally objective. It is nevertheless fascinating due to its breadth, and depth. Hamilton comes across as a brilliant individual sometimes centuries ahead of his time. Chernow develops a convincing case that Hamilton was without peers in his developing the necessary financial and economic infrastructure of what was going to become the modern U.S.
If Adam Smith was the Scottish genius who invented modern economics, Hamilton was his American counterpart who actually applied modern economics principles in the governing of a new nation. His understanding in such matters far surpassed his more famous political opponents such as Madison and Jefferson.
Chernow mentions several examples of Hamilton's unique foresight. One was Hamilton's successful defeat of the discrimination bill. This was a nonsensical concept that proposed that capital gains on sales of treasury securities should flow back to the original investor.Read more ›
Chernow writes a complete biography, which while covering an immense amount of ground, still manages to be thoroughly interesting and provide numerous anecdotes and tidbits of information. Though we all know the result, Chernow's treatment of the duel with Aaron Burr offers readers many "can not put the book down" moments which would explain the dark circles under my eyes one morning at work. Still more amazing is Chernow's attention to the the (until now) little talked about reprocussions to the life of Aaron Burr (who was indicted for murder and on the lam while Vice President) and others around Hamilton including his seemingly amazing wife, Eliza.
Besides being a supreme story on the life of the man who literally shaped this country's financial and trading system (despite strong opposition from Jefferson and his Federalist Paper co-hort Madison), Chernow reveals Hamilton's talents as an attorney and his explouts as a revolutionary war hero. What was also startling was how much Washington relied on Hamilton's talents and advice during the war and thereafter to the point where Washington began to view Hamilton as his equal. Further, Hamilton's push for the adoption of the US Constitution is clear despite opposition from many of those in this country including Jefferson himself who viewed this country as an agricultural society (which would have always doomed the US to always be Britain's dark sheep) and would have left the strongest powers with the states and not a central government.
What was particularly amazing is how dirty and bruising politics was back in the late 18th and early 19th century.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As good as the hype. Easy to see why this inspired Miranda to write a brilliant musical. Meticulously researched, brilliantly written, and a powerful history - a joy to read more... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, excellent. Usually don't stick with detailed non-fiction, but it was written so well and explained a period of American history that enlightened me.Published 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Hard reading just because the writing is boring and skips around through his life instead of being linear. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Anna M. Leuenberger
I thought it would be a straight biography in a small book. While it is interesting to read the small segments, it was not what I was looking for. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Dominoe11
It is way too detailed for someone looking to learn about Hamilton. I wasn't interested in every place he went and everyone he ever met. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by RichCFP
Love history novels and this is one of the best. Ron Chernow does a creditable job in depecting the importance of Alexander Hamilton in our history.Published 13 hours ago by Bill
This is an almost incredibly engaging book while simultaneously being one of the most educational books I've ever read. It is also extremely well written. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John H. Hardin
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