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)
This, along with the Constitution, should be required reading for every US Citizen. It illuminates the delicate balance of power established by the Constitution and how important it is to protect the fundamental tenets.
It would difficult for me to compare
it should be required reading for every American. Certainly for every politician before taking office. Conscience and a lust for wisdom is everything
Like many, I started reading this after being exposed to the Hamilton musical. It's understandable why Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by Chernow's biography - Hamilton's life was dramatic, inspiring, tragic, and his influence is possibly farther reaching than any other founding father. But unlike many long biographies, Chernow's writing made the experience of the journey a real pleasure.
Didn't live up to the hype. I was particularly bothered by the analysis that "such a complex man could not have been satisfied by one woman."
I'm just an old southern boy that has always loved to listen to a good story. At Audible I've been lucky to find and enjoy a few.
It seemed to take forever but his wife lived into her 90s so capturing many lifetimes was the reason for the length.
He was the brains behind Washington. All else were just pawns and mostly idiots. If he had lived longer slavery probably would have been resolved before Lincoln. Then again Hamilton realized the sovereignty of God in all things too.
I enjoyed listening to it because I'm in my car a lot. I don't think I could compare audio to reading it
The history was fascinating and it's clear that the author did a lot of research. I didn't know much about Hamilton before listening to this and I was amazed at how much he had accomplished. I also found the parallels to what is happening in todays world to be very similar especially with this being an election year
This is the first time and I thought he was very goood
Yes, but it was too long to do so. It kept my interest till the end
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