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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Outstanding in every regard!

I was not initially enthusiastic about starting this book, but right from the beginning, it draws you in. This is one of the most compelling and well told books I have ever had, and it instantly became one of my favorites of all time! Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Good but. Long

I learned many things I had never known about the period
The book is like a history class

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Gripping story of an amazing American!

Thorough and detailed. Amazing recital of American history -- most of which was new to me.

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Phenomenal

Worth every second of your time. If only every American would read this book, the republic would be much safer.

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  • S. Banks
  • Port Orchard, WA United States
  • 06-28-17

An incredible biography of an incredible statesman

Ron Chernow has a bias towards Alexander and Eliza Hamilton in his biography of Alexander, that I can only guess is attributed to the amazing subjects that his research uncovered. Mr. Chernow takes the opportunity within the telling of Alexander Hamilton's​' life to bring us a great history of the foundational years of the United States of America, and of the lives of many of the Founding Fathers who worked alongside, and "across the isle," with Alexander Hamilton. This also brought a confidence within me that even though our current times (2017) are providing for much material for future biographers when you look at our political landscape within the United States and abroad, the founding of our country was in just as crazy of a political state, buffered in our view today by the years that have passed between then and now, but giving proof that as a country based on the principals established by A.H. and his contemporaries, we are resilient and can survive to push through, prosper, and make a difference in the world for the better for generations to come.

Thank you to Ron Chernow, Scott Brick, and to the playwright who happened to take Ron's book on vacation with him and ran with it from there, for bringing the story of the life of Alexander Hamilton to those of us who did not have the honor and privilege to know him when he was alive on this Earth for such a short, yet crazily productive life.

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Excellent

Loved hearing the details of a story and life that I knew so little about.

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Great source but needs a critical ear

Chernow, like most biographers, has a significant graciousness toward his principle subject, but overall maintains a fairly even assessment of Hamilton and his times (more so than the Broadway version, I'd wager).

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greaat book!

loved it! it is quite lengthy though but worth the dedication to finish it! Knowing the dual is at the end keeps you going.

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Great Book

Although long, so worth listening to and relevant to today's political environment. A great book, even my kids enjoyed it on road trips.

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Moving and Insightful

An impressive and moving biography of a great American. Insights into Alexander Hamiltons life and his exceptional contributions to the founding and early development of the United States. An artful blending of staggering amounts of historical information with engrossing entertainment. Very highly recommended.