The depth of history covered. Not only was Hamilton painted completely and richly but other famous and not so famous people of the time were well developed. This comparison and contrast of many characters defined the complex Alexander Hamilton. A full and rich history that left the reader to decide not only about the contributions of early Americans, but also their character. The many letters and other first person contributions helped define not only Hamilton but also his friends and foes. Chernow's rich vocabulary and style made the story easy and enjoyable to read. Reads like a novel. Hamilton is defined by what he did, who he was and the words and actions of those who loved and hated him. A rich history of the founding our our country in which Hamilton established himself as one of the fathers of our country.
Brick was the narrator more than a performer. His style was well suited to the rich and complex story told by Chernow.
I wish Chernow would have refrained form concluding form the copious research he presented. It was easy for the reader to form opinions from form the presentation. Hamilton was a brilliant, visionary man who did great things. A strong character of many positive traits but not absent of negative traits. In the back and forth of Jefferson and Hamilton, (and other stories) it was not necessary for the author to conclude for the reader.
I'm partial to audiobooks, so I have to say yes, with bias.
Way too many to pick from- so much of the content has depth, which makes it unfair to pick a moment.
I have not, and this being a documentary style book, is hard to imagine as an excellent performance. But in all fairness, it would be tough to do a better job than he did. I have experienced some narrators who made material like this feel like a punishment. I would rate this as good to very good, at least.
It gave me a solemn respect for Hamilton and a number of other founding fathers. The capabilities and depth of character in these guys was amazing.
I am so glad to have chosen the unabridged version. After 38 hours, I wanted more. The amount of dedicated selflessness these men showed was unheard of throughout history. Even their biases were tempered by what would be best for furthering this nation.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I did not remember much about history from public school . I really was empresses with the amount of information about Hamilton and with the ballance of information on all aspects of his life.
yes very engaging
no too long for that but I painted and wallpapered my living room listening to this book.
Admirer of history and biographies.
Ordinarily I'm not a fan of Scott Brick. IMHO he butchered the narration of Atlas Shrugged, one of my all time favorite favorite books. However he excelled in this one.
As a lifelong admirer of Thomas Jefferson. Listening to this book, and the bio of John Adams has shown Citizen Jefferson in an entirely different light in HIS OWN WORDS in letters to James Madison and in articles he ghost wrote ripping the reputations and intentions of both Hamilton and Adams to promote his own political agenda. Still a great man, though a decidedly flawed and duplictous one. Though a misfit toy himself who made some ridiculously stupid decisions in his personal life, Hamilton had a gargantuan intellect and forsight that created sytems that are still relevent and in use today. There are few more glaring examples of the expression "history is the lie that everyone agrees on" than that of what is commonly believed about Hamilton.On a side note. I listened to this soon after listening to the Steve Jobs bio, and the similarities in how they presented their ideas, the accuracy of their visions, and how they interacted with people while promoting them is startling.
Runner, Commuter, Dietitian with a passion for U.S. History.
History comes alive
Today's polarized policitcal climate is mild compared to the presidential years of the Founding Father's
Extremely well researched. He is the father of our capitalist economy and created modern financial systems that endure to this day. I am in awe of his achievements.
Chernow provides ample context for appreciating the conversations and arguments that make up the legacy of Alexander Hamilton, most especially vis-a-vis George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. You'll come away singularly impressed by Hamilton's influence on American bureaucracy and ready to jump into other biographies of the founding fathers.
Maybe....... A lot of detail to absorb first time through.
The cradle to grave.
He put's accounts of history in full color.
If I did, I would be institutionalized...
This book takes on one of the most challenging and polarizing of the "founding fathers" and "the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did." Chernow did an outstanding job of describing WHY Hamilton did some of the things he did including some of his undesirable experiences (like the Maria Reynolds affair) as well as his brilliance. By the end Hamilton was described so thoroughly that I see him in a completely different light and also notice and am frustrated more when other authors dismiss him or portray him as a simple autocrat fighting the current of democracy embodied in Jefferson as well as Madison. Chernow gives outstanding explanations of all the nuances involved in his intense rivalry with Jefferson as well as his on/off rivalry with Burr. While far from a short listen (over 36 hours) I have listened to it multiple times and enjoyed it just as much each time. This book ranks in my top 5 of over 100 audio books. It is a "must read" for anyone interested in the Revolutionary era, especially the early republic. Particularly as it fleshes out an important figure that is almost never explored fully outside of biographies unlike many of his contemporaries (e.g. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin, Adams).
If we want to understand how America became America... then we need an accurate picture of how BOTH Hamilton and Jefferson contributed to our current system... and contributed to our current beliefs about America and Americans...
Most of history and what we've "taken" from Hamilton and Jefferson overlooks some of the flaws in Jefferson's worldview... and assigns a few extra undeserved flaws to Hamilton's worldview... the funny thing is that even today, it is popular for BOTH Democrats and Republicans to build up Jefferson and claim his views as their own... and for BOTH Democrats and Republicans to vilify Hamilton and say we'd have been a better country without him. Jefferson and Hamilton become cardboard cutouts of a good guy and a bad guy. And BOTH of those tendencies are whitewashing the REAL truth... and the real puzzle of how America became America. The funny thing is that we (Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between...) have a good chunk of BOTH Jefferson and Hamilton in our national DNA... a big chunk of the good of both... and a not un-noticeable chunk of the bad of both. And if we had a better perspective on how this 220 year old battle is STILL playing out... our congress wouldn't behave so much like idiots... and WE wouldn't feed that idiocy like we do.
This book swings a little bit the other way... but in doing so, it DOES help paint a much more HUMAN picture of Hamilton... and... confirms how vitally important he was to what our country is today, and has been since the beginning. He had as much impact as the top three Presidents... meaning more impact than forty-something Presidents... I've known that for a while... so it was nice to finally associate all that with a real flesh and blood person, and in a way, a very AMERICAN story.
The narrator... okay... but sometimes his "tone of voice" seems a little... I don't know, can't find the right word... maybe he doesn't like history?... the only emotion he inserts is a little too much sarcasm and mocking in places that it doesn't really fit. But the story is well enough written that it doesn't really distract much.