I was thoroughly satisfied with the reading the content and the accuracy which was put forth. I learned several facts that were portrayed that were hidden to my knowledge previously
Really enjoyed learning details of Hamilton and other figure heads of his era that were not taught in history books.
This is a superb biography. It is a Comprehensive history of the origins and diversity of the United States revealed through the life, diligence and intelligence of Alexander Hamilton.
He is a most important person in crafting and implementi
This book about Alexander Hamilton has taught me volumes about our nation's early history. I especially enjoyed getting to know the people so personally.
really good book. clearly from the hamilton perspective. I didn't know how enormous his role in shaping our country. now the songs from hamilton the musical have a lot more meaning.
After 34 hours and 3 months I just finished this magnificent and inspirational biography of Alexander Hamilton. Although it's a huge commitment to undertake, the story of the brilliant yet human Alexander teaches not only the history of one of our most prolific founding fathers, but serves also as a timely illustration of the business of politics. So many of the rivalries and sometimes ugly rhetoric that embodies the political process are as evident in this history as in our present day system. I truly enjoyed the journey that is this book!
There were many fascinating aspects to this book and to Alexander Hamilton's life, but what was so riveting to me was the parallels between politics then and politics now. I have been saying all during this election cycle that in my 62 years on this earth, I have never witnessed such a contentious race with an astounding amount of exaggerated or outright false information disbursed by the media about both candidates. It just seems so much more over the top this time around, but not more so than during the first elections surprisingly!
Something else that kept me, okay... I admit it... giggling, was AH's inability to filter what came out of his mouth and to make personal choices that showed as much brilliance as the choices he made for the structuring of capitalism and our government. Even his decisions when planning for his wife and family's well-being in the event of his death by Aaron Burr's hands was totally off base. And good God, his blindness concerning Maria Reynolds is mind boggling!
I know there will be those that disagree with me, especially fans of Lin-Manual Miranda's Broadway production (because I don't think it is as evident in the abridged play), but the parallels I drew between AH's personality and Donald Trump's personality, or maybe I should say 'flaws,' are staggering! He faced the same opposition in his time as DT faces today for stupid comments and choices that in no way reflect in a business sense the brilliance that either was/is capable of (IMO). That's not to say that I am 100 percent sold on Trump, but I am seriously rethinking overlooking his flaws and stupid off-the-cuff comments before he has a chance to think about it after reading this book.
While there were so many incredibly interesting areas of this book, there was also plenty of information that got bogged down in unnecessary detail and could have benefitted from the editor's pencil a bit more. Even with these extra details, I recommend the audio version of this book enthusiastically. I have to think that Scott Brick's excellent performance carried me through, because my daughter and sister, both huge fans of the play, have yet to get through the written version and they both started before me. Yes, this book is verrrrrrry long and I can't say that I wasn't excited to be able to move on to another book when it was over, but I learned so much about AH, Washington, Adams, Madison... and whoa... who would have imagined Jefferson was such an ass! Yet typical of anyone playing the political game.
Yes, I loved this book!
This book can be a bit dry, but the insight in into our glorified forefathers, their motivation and individual personalities is priceless. Well worth the listen, especially in an election year!