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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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    PW 05-10-17
    PW 05-10-17

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    "History at its best"

    Wow! What a tremendous capture of history. I only wish history was taught in schools in this depth. Maybe, just maybe, it would create a spark in someone that could save our ailing country.

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    Francisco J. San Miguel 05-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Biography ever"

    Of all the biographies I have ever read, this one is the best in terms of style content and interest. It is further enhanced in audiobook form by the vocal interpretation of the narrator which doubles the pleasure.

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    C. Downs New York 05-09-17
    C. Downs New York 05-09-17 Member Since 2013
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    "History come alive"

    It took a long time to finish bit the writing and the narration were so compelling and inviting I was sorry ir wnded!

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    Jim B. Harper Woods, MI United States 05-05-17
    Jim B. Harper Woods, MI United States 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent and very historically done!"

    Mr. Chernow's book provides a deep look into the life of the man so pivotal in our nations history and birth. It may be long but well worth the time. Alexander Hamilton is a must for everyone desiring to learn of our nations early days.

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    B. Collins 05-01-17
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"

    There are few stories I have ever heard, fiction or non, that have proven to be anywhere near as entertaining as the life of Alexander Hamilton. In a word: Wow.

    I cannot think of another book I will recommend as often as this in the foreseeable future. Please take the time and enjoy this life and simultaneous lesson in history.
    Ron Chernow has created a masterpiece of literature that his subject would have undoubtedly been proud of.

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    Lisa Ann Arbor, MI, US 04-30-17
    Lisa Ann Arbor, MI, US 04-30-17 Member Since 2010
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    "fantastic story told in amazing detail"

    After you read this book you can understand why the musical is such a huge hit. it is hard to believe this person live the life he did, as well as the other supporting characters and especially his wife. This book is like an American history lesson -but includes the things that you're not taught in school. I recommend it for everyone. You will learn a lot!

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    Amazon Customer Fort Benton,Montana USA 04-28-17
    Amazon Customer Fort Benton,Montana USA 04-28-17 Member Since 2017

    I 'collect' books and shoes, love my family, golden retriever, good design & food. Nothing is learned in vain & my curiosity will never die

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    "Outstanding"

    As I'm sure you've heard, this biography is one of the most outstanding ever written, especially on one of the founding fathers. Despite the 36 hr run time Hamilton's life is every bit as engaging as a novel and Chernow does a wonderful job of arranging the story to draw you along even in the "drier" bits (As in, when they explain how the national bank worked and why it was important or political strategy) Overall a fabulous read that might tempt you to become a staunch biography consumer.

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    PMDobie Oklahoma City, OK 04-26-17
    PMDobie Oklahoma City, OK 04-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "If you question divine providence, read this book!"
    Would you listen to Alexander Hamilton again? Why?

    Yes! Truly a superlative endeavor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding out that without the brains of Alexander Hamilton during the days of the Revolution, this country would be very different. The impact Hamilton has on so many aspects of our modern government is truly remarkable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a very tough question because the entire book was so spellbinding. But, being forced to pick, I must say the narrative during his final days on earth, as he lay in his death bed, is so extremely moving. This part of the book was so riveting that even now I find myself tearing up as I recall his final moments and words. A tragic ending to a providential life.


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    ordrune 04-23-17
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    "Easy to listen to and amazingly captivating."

    can be hard to follow relations and relevance of side characters, but nothing that detracted too much from the central telling. I am not a big history buff, but I was stii surprised at how little I knew or knew incorrectly.

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    Mrlimmer 04-22-17
    Mrlimmer 04-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Piercingly Pathetic (as in pathos) Portrayal— Hamilton as Flawed Man of Immense Historic Stature"

    A tremendous portrayal of General Hamilton and the high heights and deep lows that characterized his gloried life upon this terrestrial sphere. A man of and for the ages. A proud and brilliant statesman. Never had our Republic laid claim to a nobler nor truer son.

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