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Alexander Hamilton

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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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    James Murfreesboro, TN, USA 05-02-09
    James Murfreesboro, TN, USA 05-02-09
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    "So enjoyable"

    I knew very little of Alexander Hamilton save for his untimely death. Perhaps my lack of knowledge was the main reason for choosing this title, along with other excellent reviews. I was rewarded with a splendid listen throughout the entire book. The narration is superb, with just the right inflections, which accurately conveys the author's fantastic phrasing and detailed knowledge. Chernow brought the early Republic to life for me and you won't go wrong if this biography captures your attention.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Palo Alto, CA, USA 10-20-05
    Joan Palo Alto, CA, USA 10-20-05
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    "If you like David McCullough . . ."

    . . .you'll LOVE Ron Chernow! Chernow is every bit McCullough's equal as a story teller, but with breadth and depth to his approach that takes this remarkable book way beyond the realm of pop-history. This is an extremely well-researched, up-to-date, and thoroughly satisfying telling of the brilliant mind and ultimately tragic life of Alexander Hamilton. I could go on at length listing the high points of this book, but one real standout for me was Hamilton's prescient writings in the "Federalist Papers" and his visionary role in broadly defining the political essence of the U.S. Constitution. Chernow vividly recreates the context of a time when many of the rights and protections we take for granted today were novel, controversial, and all-too fragile. But the author uses primary sources throughout and, in doing so, firmly establishes Hamilton as progenitor of the most resilient political-socioeconomic system ever devised. (And for anyone who needs convincing: Thomas Jefferson was indeed a rogue and scoundrel!)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Reno, NV, United States 01-16-10
    James Reno, NV, United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2014
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    "A Pleasant Surprise"

    This book is well produced, well written, and well narrated. I would suggest this book to anyone who is interested in American History. However, I must warn you that the author is sometimes so praising of Hamilton that it made me want to gag.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bangledorf 12-06-09
    Bangledorf 12-06-09
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    "Great book. Good narration."

    If you liked John Adams, you will love Alexander Hamilton. At least, that's how it worked for me. I loved John Adams by David Mccullough, but I think I liked Alexander Hamilton even more. The Narrator is good and easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-30-09
    Diana Brooklyn, NY, USA 11-30-09
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    "Great Book"

    This book was great. First audiobook I read and I loved it. Life of Hamilton read like a fiction novel. Narrater is outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Shults 05-23-08
    M. Shults 05-23-08
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    "Superb"

    A COMPREHENSIVE review of the life of Alexander Hamilton, rich with psychological, social, and political context of the times, giving superb insights into the the greatness and NOT-so-greatness of several of the founding fathers, including a candid exposition of Hamilton's genius, and (literally fatal) shortcomings.

    Well read and entertaining, this is a SUPERB read for anyone interested in the history, politics and personalities of the founding generation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael USA 11-25-05
    Michael USA 11-25-05
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    "Tour de force."

    Excellently written, articulate, objective,thorough to a fault; this vast work brings life to a truly remarkable man and an extraordinary period of time. Scott Brick's narration is perfect for the piece.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Scott J Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 05-21-05
    Scott J Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 05-21-05
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    "Alexander Hamilton (Unabridged)"

    I felt this book was so well written and beautifully read, that it was important for me to share my thoughts, publicly. It truly moved me. My review may not be eloquent, but, Ron Chernow writes a wonderful book. Scott Brick narrates with sensitivity. It maps out A.H.'s life as a young boy in the West Indies to his final days in New York City. After listening to the book, I feel I know how life must have been for A.H.. Additionally, the lives of those he touched and those that influenced him. Alexander Hamilton had such an amazing life of 49 years. A.H. was such an important founding father of modern day America. Bravo!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paula buffalo, MN, United States 03-02-05
    Paula buffalo, MN, United States 03-02-05 Member Since 2010
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    "complex man"

    This is a lengthy "read" but very worth the amazing American history that it spands. AH was a complex man and the writer certainly doesn't attempt to cover his wrong-headed actions. Thomas Jefferson certainly holds a different place in my mind as one of the founding fathers. His slave owning was well know but his arrogance about that practice and his slander of AH as a royalist were a revelation to me. It is so well written and so well read that I couldn't wait to here the next chapter.
    I think that Scott Brick has an Audible fan club. All of his books are read with easy clarity.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 03-24-13
    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Easily The Most Interesting Founder... Easily"

    Alexander Hamilton seemed a strange and sort of periphery figure in so many stories surrounding the revolution. After listening to McCullough's John Adams and hearing Hamilton constantly mentioned as a behind the scenes foil, or as the brains behind so many plots, I wondered why I didn't know anything about him. I mean, I knew he died in a duel with Aaron Burr, but that's about all.
    After 37 plus hours of just the most interesting life imaginable I realized only 5 days had passed. This guy really didn't leave the tri-state area after he came to New York when he was 16 and he still managed to be in the center of nearly every major moment in American History from 1776 to 1800. He became a Captain at 19 and a Lieutenant Colonel by 21, he was a key figure in convincing the New York public to go to war while he was still in college. Without him, there is a very good chance the constitution wouldn't have been ratified and, without his financial system, our debt would've probably crushed our little country before it even got going. I thought George Washington was the first President, turns out Hamilton pretty much ran things. Then, the guy dies in a duel with the Vice President! This was 37 hours well spent, I'll have to come back to this next year when my heart stops beating so damn fast.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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