What a rich book in both the life of Alexander Hamilton and those with whom he interacted throughout his robust life. Hamilton is one of the best books I've ever read and I have purchased it for a number of friends.
If history had been presented this well when I was in school, I would have viewed it with a sense of wonder rather than dread!
A great read for anyone interested in banking, finance, the stock market, the history of our country, or just overcoming the odds when not born with a silver spoon in your mouth!
A terrific insight into Alexander Hamilton and his times. I actually had to go out and buy the hardback so I could slowly go back over and ponder about the events in Mr. Hamilton's life and the times in which he lived.
You must be prepared for Scott Brick's rapid, almost rushed, clipped narration. If you prefer a bit slower, more "Joseph Cotton" type of delivery, you might want to listen to a clip of the book before purchasing.
Chernow provides a lengthy look at the life of Hamilton, and it's a rewarding ride for those who make it through the tome.
My one complaint is the extent of written passages from letters quoted throughout the book. At times it detracts from the narrative. Yet that's a relatively minor complaint given the beauty and skill of Hamilton's prose in the letters.
If you're interested in the founding fathers, and want a fresh perspective on Hamilton, who was much-maligned by contemporaries Adams, Madison and especially Jefferson, this is a great read. Moreover, the narrator does a fine job.
If you enjoy books on Revolutionary America, this is a must read. It reads almost like a novel and makes you not want to stop listening. If he's not one of your favorite founding fathers now, he will be after reading the book. Finally! A book to give him the glory for being the economic and political genious he was. We should thank God for giving us a man such a this to create so much of what made this government great and able to endure as long as it has.
Every American must read 1776, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton. Alexarder Hamilton is in my opinon the best of the three. With this work you get a sense of how Hamilton lead this nation, kicking and screaming, in the direction greatness. Scott Brick is as always excellent.
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This is a well written, detailed, and appreciative account of one of America's most underestimated founding fathers. If any criticism can be made, it is that Chernow is not fair to Hamilton's detractors. However, the author is up-front about his biases and, through his very open style, has written one of the most compelling and entertaining biographies I have read.
After listening to McCullough's '1776', I was very excited to read this biography of Alexander Hamilton. I found a big difference between the authors. Chernow includes so much detail, that I found my attention wandering constantly. If you are a true history buff, you will probably enjoy this book. If you are not, don't bother.
it has taken one month to listen to this book , but wow it is worth it.
the unabridge is well worth it as a monthly member, I try to get the books that are big/pricey.
the previous month I had selected the book on thomas jeffersons war on terrorism which lead me to this one.
This book is on Alexander Hamilton but also by nessity also gives an overview of the life in the west indies during the early1700's,slavery, american revolution, french revolution and early stages of party politics in the united states.
This book is electric with the unique personalities, idiosyncracies and personal intrigues of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Aaron Burr, as well, of course, as Hamilton and others less-known figures. Long (36 hours), but never boring for me. Rich history without feeling like a dry, dull history book.