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Alexander Hamilton | [Ron Chernow]

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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    Meredith Bronx, NY, USA 04-07-08
    Meredith Bronx, NY, USA 04-07-08 Member Since 2008
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    "An incredible portrait"

    I loved this book. I never had any understanding of Hamilton before this--if anything I had quite a negative impression of him from reading John Adams. (Now I understand why!) But Chernow's has a true gift for bringing these men alive: Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams among others. He also makes them very human without any pop psych analyses. Chernow paints a portrait of a brilliant man who was also flawed in enough ways to be his own worst enemy at times. I can't say I found Hamilton lovable, but I did care a great deal about him at the end, and was actually pretty heartbroken when he died. Chernow also painted a marvelous portrait of Jefferson and Adams. I learned more about them from this book than I have from any of the other books I've read, including John Adams. Chernow seems to really understand Hamilton in a way I've never seen any other writer understand him. Thank you, Ron Chernow, for bringing to life one of the most important men in our history.

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    Ron Gig Harbor, WA, United States 03-26-08
    Ron Gig Harbor, WA, United States 03-26-08 Member Since 2007

    Sci-fi loving history buff who enjoys a good detective story.

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    "Too long"

    Hopelessly too long.

    This book displays a bias towards Hamilton and his ideas that seem to prejudice any other figures and ideas of the time.

    It is obvious that a tremendous amount of research went into the writing of this book. It is tragic that Ron Chernow, a master wordsmith, displays his talents by talking over you instead of conveying his ideas.

    I found the subject matter and the book interesting but it did lull at times as Ron dwelled on trivial points. For my money I would recommend the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayna Yukon, OK, USA 01-28-08
    Jayna Yukon, OK, USA 01-28-08
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    "Excellent"

    Very thorough and captivating. I eagerly listened to all 5 books and was disappointed when it came to an end. Well done.

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    Thomas MSU, MS, United States 10-18-07
    Thomas MSU, MS, United States 10-18-07
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    "Very Good Biography"

    This book is very well written and very well read.

    It is very long so if you are only a little interested you might want to avoid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald 10-04-07
    Gerald 10-04-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Much Has Changed"

    AH would have loved today's big government. Fortunately, Jefferson and his compatriots held it off for many years.The more things change, the more they stay the same. Politics and politicians haven't changed much in 200 years. Hamilton was a true innovator and would have loved the way things turned out.
    The book is an excellent analysis of a man, who rose above a questionable upbringing, and his accomplishments, whether you agree with the results or not.
    I can only fantisize with glee how wonderful it would be should current day politicians settle their differences with duels as was done in Hamilton's day.
    Typical top-of-the-line reading by Scott Brick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn wash, DC, USA 05-30-07
    Jenn wash, DC, USA 05-30-07 Member Since 2014
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    "in awe of AH"

    ***** I am in complete awe of Alexander Hamilton. This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Sign me up for the Scott Brick fan club!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Rooney 04-15-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Alexander Hamilton"

    The only drawback to this book was I felt that it was a bit too detailed making it a bit draggy. I wish that I'd read the abridged version. I enjoyed getting to know Alexander Hamilton, though, and learning what a complicated man he was.

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    Luiz Sunnyvale, CA, USA 10-07-06
    Luiz Sunnyvale, CA, USA 10-07-06 Member Since 2006
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    "The foreign founding father"

    Truly fascinating history of the
    only one among the founding fathers to
    be foreign born. The unlikely life of
    a man born in the West Indies who only wanted
    a war to prove his mettle. The American
    Revolution would provide the opportunity
    for his many talents to manifest.
    A rare life described in a very well written
    book by Chernow

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    Nicole 09-17-06
    Nicole 09-17-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense!"

    If you want to know about Alexander Hamilton this is your book. The life of Hamilton is filled with twists and turns that could easily be taken for fiction instead of the truth. Learning about his early childhood really helps you understand the man he came to be. It is ovious the author is a big fan of Hamilton's as well since the book is written in a hero worship type format but it is still an excellent book that offers a great wealth of insight into a man that helped shape our country. Well worth your time.

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    Philip West Nyack, NY, USA 09-17-06
    Philip West Nyack, NY, USA 09-17-06
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    "Extensive and Thorough History"

    Mr. Chernow has written a detailed and finely honed portrait of Alexander Hamilton and the period in which he lived. It is often difficult to perceive historical times in its own context. Mr. Chernow has done just that. The reading by Grover Alexander is up to the material and well done. I look forward to having Audible list other works by Mr. Chernow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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