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From the New York Times best-selling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written book, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before - not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right. 

A general's daughter... 

Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington's penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she's captivated by the young officer's charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton's bastard birth and the uncertainties of war. 

A founding father's wife... 

But the union they create - in their marriage and the new nation - is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all - including the political treachery of America's first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness. 

The last surviving light of the Revolution... 

When a duel destroys Eliza's hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband's enemies to preserve Alexander's legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she's left with one last battle - to understand the flawed man she married and the imperfect union he could never have created without her.... 

©2018 Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Betty
  • Plattsburgh, N.Y., United States
  • 04-15-18

Eliza and Alexander Hamilton

I really enjoyed this book....I love learning about a era in our history through a good novel and this is a excellent one. Not only do you get such a good feeling about the actual time period and our countries history, but to have think about feelings then and now, to be able to step into Eliza’s shoes was a pretty awesome feeling.....Oh, I did enjoy this book ever so much and highly recommend it!!

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Better than the Biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Lovely. Very well-written. I read this immediately after reading the biography by Chernow. Chernow's biography could be half the length and still be too long. I enjoyed this much more and was still informed of the major historical facts.

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Research Excellent/Fiction Even Better

My second book by Dray and Kamoie, and I remain amazed. I’m very glad I read this book before seeing the musical Hamilton . If I had not seen the story of this Framer’s life through Eliza’s eyes, I would have hated Hamilton. Because the authors paint Eliza with a deep, rich soul, I remained more open in my judgement. Through her eyes of grace I somewhat understood him. Using the lens of history, this book defines heroes and villains as just people, flawed , brilliant people who gave us the greatest Constitutional Republic at a cost of their lives. Seeing the true details, mixed with the reasonable fictionalized emotions makes this a valuable addition to the American story. I hope the authors will write the story of Martha Washington or MRS Robert E Lee.

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Fantastic!

As someone who barely tolerated all forms of "history" when I was in school ("who CARES about all of this stupid stuff that happened hundreds of years ago?!" was my mindset back then), my knowledge of our founding fathers was truthfully (abysmally...) just about non-existent. On a whim, I purchased this book and absolutely fell in LOVE with every single solitary thing about it and while obviously much of it is romanticized and gussied up to make it interesting, it has awaken in me a huge thirst for knowledge about the fascinating history and the incredible folks who shaped our country all those years ago. I am a new FAN of historical fiction and can't WAIT to read similar books such as this one. A treat from beginning to end.

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  • Mary
  • United States
  • 04-22-18

Very moving

The story of Alexander Hamilton is being told in many ways today, through biographies and a spectacular musical. It was preserved and championed by his wife, and it is profoundly moving to hear her voice reflected here. I am happy to know her role in the founding of our country.

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Amazing!

I absolutely adored this book. The rich history and viewpoint of Eliza was more than I could have hoped for in a historical novel. The way the author’s filled in the gaps so seamlessly kept me listening and wanting more. I listen in my car on an 2 hr commute to and from work and this novel made my drive far more bearable.



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Cannot Listen to More

I was so excited to see this historical novel I purchased it right away. However, the narrator's speech is so affected that I can't go beyond chapter five. Perhaps she tried to sound aristocratic and strong willed. Instead she sounds very smug and arrogant. The performance is too distracting to continue. I may read the book instead and try not to hear this performance in my head as I read. I am so disappointed.

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great

it was a wonderful book giving you all sorts of insight into history seems a little hard to first get in to just keep listening and by the time it ends you will love it.

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Ok

On book not the greatest. Got kind of boring in alo t of places. More a rosy look at their life.

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  • Mary
  • Round Rock
  • 04-21-18

Great story of a woman and of America's history.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a well-paced, thoughtfully written story of a woman in the front seat of the birth of the United States. The narrator brings Eliza Hamilton to life for the listener. We get a sense of life for a woman in the 18th century especially given her position among the founding fathers. The insight into the political maneuvering of that era helps you understand the tension built into our constitutional process that was there from the outset. It makes the news of today very understandable. This is a very enjoyable story on many levels and I highly recommend it.

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