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)
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As most of us know by now this is the source material for the hit play on Broadway. This very thorough biography is able to bring to life many facets of Alexander Hamilton that I did not know or even suspect, and it is fascinating to compare what Lin Manuel Miranda took from his readings and what he didn't. The author walks us through Alexander's life in an engaging style that moves resolutely from point a to z, but he is not afraid to jump around to highlight the more interesting ironies of his life. Clearly he is fan of A. Ham but he does take a measured approach to his portrayal of the other famous/infamous figures documentation of one of United States. Well worth the read.
I, like I would assume for many who have read this biography, was inspired to learn more about AH after hearing the Hamilton musical. Beyond Hamilton's incredible personal story of overcoming every seeming adversity to become one of the most influential founders of our great country, I found it fascinating (if not slightly reassuring) to learn just how politically divided our country was even back at the start. It sometimes feels like we couldn't be more divided than we are now, and that our 24 hour news outlets are more one-sided than ever in history... But the reality is that the politics of the US - including slavery, state vs. federal power, public debt and military spending - have been fundamentally divided since our inception. No matter your political leanings, this is an incredible story and very inspiring. Scott Brick is amazing, as always.
I fear we teach too little about this important Founder of our Country. He believed in the patriot's cause and dedicated his life to so much of it's creation. The author did a very thorough job in developing Hamilton's story.
A great history lesson as well as s great auto
Biography. And you can't ask for a better narrator. Five Stars well deserved.
awesome what history and amazing how politics transfer to the present and make you wonder how much thing have change but haven't
The life story of Alexander Hamilton is an incite into America today as a nation and as a people. The book reads like a historical novel and should be required reading in high schools across the country.
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Absolutely lovely book! Hamilton's the man!! Interesting, though, how tough Chernow is on John Adams. Loved the book!
I was thoroughly satisfied with the reading the content and the accuracy which was put forth. I learned several facts that were portrayed that were hidden to my knowledge previously
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