It would difficult for me to compare
it should be required reading for every American. Certainly for every politician before taking office. Conscience and a lust for wisdom is everything
Like many, I started reading this after being exposed to the Hamilton musical. It's understandable why Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by Chernow's biography - Hamilton's life was dramatic, inspiring, tragic, and his influence is possibly farther reaching than any other founding father. But unlike many long biographies, Chernow's writing made the experience of the journey a real pleasure.
Didn't live up to the hype. I was particularly bothered by the analysis that "such a complex man could not have been satisfied by one woman."
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
It seemed to take forever but his wife lived into her 90s so capturing many lifetimes was the reason for the length.
He was the brains behind Washington. All else were just pawns and mostly idiots. If he had lived longer slavery probably would have been resolved before Lincoln. Then again Hamilton realized the sovereignty of God in all things too.
I enjoyed listening to it because I'm in my car a lot. I don't think I could compare audio to reading it
The history was fascinating and it's clear that the author did a lot of research. I didn't know much about Hamilton before listening to this and I was amazed at how much he had accomplished. I also found the parallels to what is happening in todays world to be very similar especially with this being an election year
This is the first time and I thought he was very goood
Yes, but it was too long to do so. It kept my interest till the end
A wonderfully thorough coverage of a fascinating man's life, competently and unobtrusively narrated.
My only complaint is for the editorial assertions and conjectures of Chernow, which often, to my eyes, revealed a credulousness and failure to empathize with Hamilton's character and thus interpret reasonably; and, moreover, a willingness to take many historical documents at face value without allowances for the wholly different faces men and women wear when behind a pen.
In addition, Chernow sometimes spends considerable time debunking theories of which, as a non-historian, I was unaware. This was superfluous for me, but will doubtless be instructive for other, more learned, readers.
For all his interpretation and speculation, Chernow reliably provides all the facts for one to reach one's own conclusion; as such, all my critique is also praise, for it is by the understanding I gained from him that I judge his work.
The work is not without its flaws, but I recommend it all the same.