I'm not Mormon, but 2012 witnessed such a barrage of all things Mormon (historical articles cropping up on blogs, but also the New Yorker, etc.) that I needed a broad overview of both Mormon history and theology. Bowman offers an appreciative, but serious approach to this nuanced religious tradition. The sometimes strange history left me feeling ambiguous about Mormonism's role in nineteenth and twentieth century American politics.
I'm comparing this to the WSJ morning feed: the NYTimes subscription is, in my opinion, slightly more informative than the WSJ in its presentation of the articles. It seems made for readers who tend to peruse longer articles rather than simply skim headlines (though truncated, the narration breaks off about where I would leave off anyways, since I rarely read every single article). The WSJ feels analogous to NPR's news updates, though longer, while the NYTimes is simply delivering its top article content in audio format.
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.
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