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Alexander Hamilton Audiobook

Alexander Hamilton

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Boston 08-03-16
    Boston 08-03-16 Member Since 2016

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    "required reading"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Remarkable book"

    I learned so much about a remarkable man that shaped America. This was well-written book worth reading.

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    Timothy Oklahoma City, OK USA 08-02-16
    Timothy Oklahoma City, OK USA 08-02-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Good"

    A daunting length, but it goes very quickly and is especially apropos in this election year!
    Very good!

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    Gary 08-02-16
    Gary 08-02-16
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    "What all men should be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alexander Hamilton to be better than the print version?

    It would difficult for me to compare


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hamilton eyes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    it should be required reading for every American. Certainly for every politician before taking office. Conscience and a lust for wisdom is everything

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    KingCoBiloba 08-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "So well written, it flew"

    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.

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    Clare 08-02-16
    Clare 08-02-16
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    "This guy was really into the synonym feature on ms word"

    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."

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    Hammy 08-01-16
    Hammy 08-01-16
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    "In Top 5 biographies ever read"

    I think I learned more about the foundation of the USA reading this book compared to any other US history activity. What's book!

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    Tarry Summerville, SC 07-30-16
    Tarry Summerville, SC 07-30-16 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "A new insight into history"

    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.


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    Robert 07-30-16
    Robert 07-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful"

    Excellent history performed well. Good not only as its own work for those well versed in the period, but as a springboard into other works on the period.

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    Debby L. Bunn Marietta, GA 07-30-16
    Debby L. Bunn Marietta, GA 07-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Outstanding book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alexander Hamilton to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to it because I'm in my car a lot. I don't think I could compare audio to reading it


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time and I thought he was very goood


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was too long to do so. It kept my interest till the end


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