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Publisher's Summary

Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial.

In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the notorious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804.

The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical - winner of 11 Tony awards - which opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in November 2017.

©2016 Head of Zeus (P)2004 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"A mammoth work of research that charted the course of Hamilton's dazzling career." ( Guardian)
"An elegantly written, richly detailed account of Hamilton's tempestuous life." ( The Times)
"A brilliant recreation of the society and culture of the time: thoughtful and playful, moving and powerful." (Michael Gove)

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Like him or not, the writing is flawless, research is comprehensive and tone is neutral enough. He’s not portrayed as a pure hero, and his character shows all the traits of a flawed but intense human.

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  • jacqueline bain
  • 01-03-18

BrilliNT

Had no idea what to expect as I like very early history but an so glad I chose this as my first foray into US history. What's remarkable man! Even amongst that group of remarkable people and events, he stands a lot taller than his height. I have changed my opinion on many of the early presidential histories I had gleaned from other stories and documentaries. I would have liked to have met him... and I can't say that about many of the people I have read about. Narration second to none. Well worth the listen

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  • Farniboy
  • 02-15-18

Alexander Hamilton, his name is Alexander Hamilton

Like most people in the UK I'd never heard of Alexander Hamilton until the musical of his life began wowing audiences in the US. I only had to hear the title song (which strangely reveals the whole plot) , to want to know more about this pivotal figure of the American Revoution. I'm so glad that I did, Ron Chernow tells a superb tale. From Hamilton's boyhood in the West Indies, through the events of the revolutionary war, to the politics of the early republic and finally to a New Jersey duelling ground, the book moves at a fair clip. Some of The Federalist/Republican party civil war is a little dry but its a testament to Chernow's skill as a writer (and Scott Brick's fabulous narration!) that eventually I got the gist of what was going on.

Hamilton is a brilliant if flawed subject of a book. God only knows how Manuel Lin Miranda thought that this book would make a great musical but I'm glad that he did, or I would have never heard of Hamilton and the impact that he made on the world.

Highly recommended!

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  • Michael
  • 06-11-18

Great man of his era

A life to be remembered and emulated... it's a shame he dies so "young"... more people should know about this man

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  • 04-18-18

Excellent

This is a truly captivating and moving story and a brilliant introduction to American revolutionary history

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  • David W.
  • 02-09-18

exceeds the musicial

when you hear the unabridged version of this book the musical pales in comparison. its gripping from beginning to end.

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  • Tom Mcmorrow
  • 04-10-18

Most enjoyable audible offering

Congratulations to all involved a really inspiring life. Biography at its best.
Excellent presentation by Scott Brick

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  • 07-15-18

VERY long, but worth it!

Although I'm not an American and he wasn't a President, considering how much he contributed to the uniting the states of America, I'm embarrassed the most I knew about him was that there is a stage show about him! I'm very happy that now I know better.

As others have mentioned this is a stonker of a book, it took me many days to get through and several times I thought I just couldn't be bothered, but I persevered and I'm very glad I did.

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  • Mr James Leach
  • 07-01-18

Brilliant brilliant brilliant

An excellent work about a period of time and a set of events that are endlessly fascinating.

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  • Stephen J
  • 06-26-18

Much too Long !

A fascinating story about the founding fathers of USA, but far too long - I see that Ron Chernow has written other very long history books, and I will avoid them and look for more concise histories. Thankfully Audible has faster speeds for listeners and all of the story I played at 1.5 speed, and some of it at double speed.

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  • susanne H
  • 06-23-18

Disappointing

He may have had an exciting life but the author produced a very boring book from it

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  • Adam
  • 01-09-18

An almost unbelievable tale, brilliantly told.

After reading a review of the Broadway musical inspired by this mighty biography, I became an admirer of the soundtrack and resolved to read the source material at the earliest opportunity. It was some months before Chernow’s masterpiece came available on Audible and I sincerely thank those who worked to make that happen.
The book does not disappoint.
Running to some 36 hours, it is a thoroughly entertaining examination of the life, achievements and tragedy of one of the most important, and certainly the most unfairly maligned founding fathers.
Narration by Scott Brick is excellent. Most highly recommended... and be sure to listen to Hamilton: An American Musical.

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  • Tomas
  • 06-15-18

Fantastic

A compelling narrative that sheds light on the very interesting character of Hamilton, and also gives the reader an excellent look into the founding of America. At times exiting and at others emotional, this story does great justice to it's chosen subject, by showing both his genius and his flaws and by ultimately making him feel human and almost know to the listiner.

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  • fje
  • 04-05-18

Fascinating and detailed biography of AH

Combines detailed analysis, a lot of primary evidence from letters to support his interpretations of events.
Narrator is very good, speaking eloquently with a range of expression which brings the work to life.
Probably my favourite listen in almost 3 years of audible. A long and satisfying listen.