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.
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.
The recorded length of the unabridged version of this title may seem daunting, but the hours just fly by. The author does a fantastic job of presenting the unique combination of skills and talents that were possessed by Alexander Hamilton. It is fascinating to listen to the significant part he played in securing and developing the government we live with to this day. Maybe I wasn?t paying enough attention, but it seems like my history classes never gave him the prominence he deserves.