This book is one of the most astounding autobiographies of one of our greatious founding fathers. It is a remarkable creation pieced together by the scholarly author Ron Chernow. I hope you will enjoy this book and appritiate the colonial livelihood of an American founding father and a family man. God bless you.
If you are not familiar with Hamilton's brilliance or the extent to which he molded our government or his service to George Washington, this is the book for you. If you think the meaness and division in US politics in 2016 was unique in our history, read this book.
Yes!! I have both modalities and Audio version made it more fun to read!!!!
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A great voice -- never boring
I was continuosly surprised and moved and impressed!!!
I never knew how important a role Alexander Hamilton played in the making of America. This book opened my eyes. I was inspired to read it because it inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the play. Both inspired me to learn more about American history. I didn't embrace the subject of history in my youth, but I don't think it's too late to start now. Thank you, Ron Chernow.
I confess to being as ignorant of Alexander Hamilton as the average citizen. I knew he was a Founding Father and the man whose face graced the ten dollar bill, and that was the extent of my knowledge. Thank's to this excellent biography, that face now projects images of an improbable, yet remarkable life. Chernow has done a superb job of drawing Alexander Hamilton out of obscurity and giving him the justice Eliza Hamilton desired for her husband.
The reason I give Chernow's Hamilton only four stars is because of its length. Many of those who would benefit from this volume will never make the effort. Listening to the audio version actually helped me overcome my reluctance to begin a book over 800 pages long, and the narrator did a fantastic job. I looked for opportunities to listen. By the time I finished the first chapter, I was convinced that Alexander Hamilton was someone I needed to know. The more I listened, the more convinced I became that this book ought to be required reading (or listening!) on every college campus in America.
Hamilton, the illegitimate son, raised most of his life by a single mother. Hamilton, the immigrant to colonial America as it was being propelled toward revolution. Hamilton, the college student turned patriot, who fought for the principle of a free nation, and who then turned his massive intellect to the ideals that would transform his new homeland from a handful of revolutionary states into a fledgling republic that would become the envy of many in the world. Chernow has given Hamilton new life and a fresh voice to speak to our nation on some of the most important issues threatening our republic today.
Along the way, Chernow introduces us to many of our other Founding Fathers, describing for us the personal and political struggles that they grappled with to forge one United States out of thirteen independent colonies. We are given a glimpse of men who shared mutual respect for some of their fellow patriots, and others they despised. Their conflicts, intrigue, and acts of near-treason are faithfully recounted. Unlike some recent works I have read, the author is not merely raking up dirt to besmirch the character of good men. His purpose is to show how great a debt we owe to Alexander Hamilton who, in spite of his own flaws and political missteps, contributed many of the ideas that made their way into our Constitution, fought for it's passage and tirelessly and (mostly) selflessly defended its principles until his life was tragically cut short.
I highly recommend this book. I look forward to listening to it again.
A thorough look at Hamilton's life and its impact on America. Lots of detail on other figures of the Revolution and the time following it.