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Alexander Hamilton Audiobook

Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life 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.
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Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life 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.

With masterful storytelling skills, Chernow presents the whole sweep of Hamilton's turbulent life: his exotic, brutal upbringing; his brilliant military, legal, and financial exploits; his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Monroe; his illicit romances; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804.

Alexander Hamilton was one of the seminal figures in our history. His richly dramatic saga, rendered in Chernow's vivid prose, is nothing less than a riveting account of America's founding, from the Revolutionary War to the rise of the first federal government.

©2004 Ron Chernow; (P)2004 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

  • George Washington Book Prize Winner, 2005

"Comprehensive and superbly written." (Booklist)
"This is a fine work that captures Hamilton's life with judiciousness and verve." (Publishers Weekly)
"Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Scott Brick delivers a highly professional, straightforward narration that holds one's interest throughout. Straight narrative can become boring, and Brick is never that. Nor does he become lazy in the course of 36 hours. His voice and evident interest are fresh throughout." (AudioFile)

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    WUengagemen 03-05-16
    WUengagemen 03-05-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant context for the founding of the Republic"

    rich with context history drama and personal storytelling this book is a must-read for anybody who wants to understand the founding of this great Republic. incredibly important at this time and juncture in our history anybody considering a boat should read this book.

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    cort Kensington, CA, United States 03-03-16
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 03-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "outstanding biography of a fascinating man"

    Chernow injects insightful insights into one of the less celebrated founding fathers. Some readers will likely find Chernow too judgemental at times but I found such evaluations to be fair and useful.

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    ThruHiker 02-24-16
    ThruHiker 02-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Opened my eyes"

    Excellent reading on a lesser known father of our country. I want to read the Federalist papers now.

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    shareen klasing Downers Grove, IL United States 02-24-16
    shareen klasing Downers Grove, IL United States 02-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hamilton - Who knew?!"

    I was amazed by how little about Hamilton knew. The book is told in a way that keeps you interested. The reader was excellent.
    I will definitely read Washington by Chernow.

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    Beverly Rowen 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Most Memorable Man"

    This performance 'reads' like a novel than an historical biography
    Which it most certainly is. A Highly superiority one at that.r

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    Deb Anderson 02-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Unexpectedly Gripping"
    What made the experience of listening to Alexander Hamilton the most enjoyable?

    I liked the cadence of the reader.


    What other book might you compare Alexander Hamilton to and why?

    Shackelton by Roland Huntford.This is also an historic account, but keeps your attention because it is so well written and is really a page turner.Alexander Hamilton gave me an in depth read into our country's beginnings that I enjoyed. I realized I had many misconceptions about our Founding Fathers and the pace of the beginnings of our governmental system.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Inflection, mostly!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extremes, just steady curiosity about what would happen next.


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    Kent O. 02-20-16
    Kent O. 02-20-16
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    "Hamilton - Opera or Greek Tragedy?"

    Great story, of a self-made man who helped shape both early America and even the America of today. However, the author put in too many opinions of events and people.

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    Ryan 02-19-16
    Ryan 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling from start to finish"

    I just can't say enough about the quality of this biography. It's loaded with insight and educated psychological speculation; it's a truly wholistic portrait. It makes me want to continue reading about this eccentric cast of characters from America's revolutionary enlightenment. Bravo!!

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    Peter 02-17-16
    Peter 02-17-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Most Excellent Indeed!"

    It's amazing how Mr. Chernow brought this great man to life. This was definitely one of my favorite audio books. During my commute to work each day I pass by AH's grave and many of the landmarks mentioned . I have a much greater appreciation after listening. Thanks RC! Great narrator also!

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    Madras 02-17-16
    Madras 02-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "would read it again"

    what a terrific story! I had no idea what an interesting man Hamilton was.

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