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Eliza Hamilton

The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days.

Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton - Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife - in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musical Hamilton. But they don’t know her full story. A strong pioneer woman, a loving sister, a caring mother, and, in her later years, a generous philanthropist, Eliza had many sides - and this fascinating biography brings her multifaceted personality to vivid life. 

Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton follows Eliza through her early years in New York, into the ups and downs of her married life with Alexander, beyond the aftermath of his tragic murder, and finally to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days. Featuring Mazzeo’s “impeccable research and crafting” (Library Journal), and perfect for fans of the richly detailed historical books by Ron Chernow and Erik Larson, Eliza Hamilton is the captivating account of the woman behind the famous man. 

©2018 Tilar J. Mazzeo (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Eliza is a Fascinating Character

Great book overall, but the storytelling is not my preferred style. Very well done but I prefer my biographies to be heavy on detail and less focused on emotional scene setting. I'm sure much of that is due to the fact that much of the source material for her life is focused on Alexander and the other powerful men around her. I would have liked more detail about her exploits after Alexander's death regarding the orphanage, shaping the narrative of Alexander's biography, and other philanthropic work.

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Sparkling and sorrowful

A wonderful book! From her birth to death I felt like I was along for the ride of her life and got to peek in on the fancy balls and sorrows, everyday life and occasional scandals. Definitely recommend.

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Amazing!! Well done!

The story of Aliza is so interesting and well written. The dedication to research and piecing together the life story is astonishing. This author is amazing, and her work speaks volumes!

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BRAVO ! WELL DONE ! BETTER THAN THE PLAY !

The author really got inside the head and heart of this quiet woman who lived such a tough and varied life. She bore her pain and sorrow so proudly that we wonder how she kept her sanity, perhaps at time she didn't . Could it be that she was smarter, braver & more well balanced than her famous husband ? Of course we know women did't have brains or allowed to vote 200 years ago , so only the males could be so smart to set up our government !

Many, many long hours of thoughtful detail and work must have been done by Tilar J. Mazzeo. Thank you for your devotion, so others can see America's beginnings through Eliza's eyes.

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Story from Eliza's perspective

I enjoyed hearing another side and explanation of what happened with the Hamiltons. Most people think Ron Chernow is all there is.

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Great story.

Performance is a little dry. Otherwise a great book. Wonderful to the full life story of such a history making woman.

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What a woman!

Much better than I thought it would be...I read it because of my interest in this extraordinary woman alluded to in Chernow's biography of Hamilton...She was not extraordinary, but incandescent, and maybe even more so than her mercurial husband...what a life. Listen, and enjoy.

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exceeding expectations!

I knew I would enjoy this, as I am a history buff. I adored the musical Hamilton. Eliza's story blew me away. Her tenacity, her strength, her kindness and her accomplishments are as much, if not more, enduring as Alexander's.

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Great!

I didn't expect this to be a page turner, but found it to be just that.

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An untold part of history that is captivating

Loved it!! A must read.

An untold part of history that is captivating and most entriqing.