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
"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)
"It was amazing to discover how much misinformation we were taught in high school and college history classes. The book shows us"
High school American history. Finally one of the most if no the most influential person in the making of our country is brought out of obscurity. America should learn from Hamilton and his prophecy. This should be required reading for students and all politicians holding office .
Highly recommended! This book is well worth your time!
It is the well-told story of Alexander Hamilton's truly remarkable life.
You will be amazed how much he did to create the United States of America.
Not worth 34 hours. It felt as though the author was so proud of every scrap of information he found, that he included it without considering whether it merited the length. Where was the editor to provide the perspective pf the reader? I will avoid this author going forward.
The book is long and detailed. This comprehensive approach to biography has produced a full picture of one of the most important founders of the USA.
Events from more than 200 years ago have eerie reflections in today's national political maneuverings.
The excellent narration by Scott Brick carries the listener through some wordy and tiresome chapters, but overall, what a great listening experience. I have a deeper appreciation now for Hamilton, but also for those days of our country's early history. And Eliza? A strong woman in her day.
I think the book would have been a little hard for me to start, but the audio version was utterly amazing. I knew a little of Hamilton before but was overwhelmed by the contributions and character of this man. Mr'. Chernow's apparent bias for Hamilton comes through, but how could it not given his subject. Highly recommended.
Reading Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton takes you through the life of the most thrilling founding father of them all filled with war, romance, business, grief and, above all, brilliance.
I listened to the unabridged audiobook of this, and while the narration is solid, I have to admit that the density of the material makes it easy for my mind to wander, and I often found myself having to restart passages multiple times. I would have switched to a written version instead, but I knew that, practically speaking, I'd never actually get through it. It was interesting to discover just how much artistic licence Miranda took when creating his musical, especially regarding the events surrounding Hamilton's final duel.
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