Alexander Hamilton Author:Ron Chernow Ron Chernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as weve seen in decades," vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamiltons turbulent lifehis exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal rol... more »e in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. Drawing upon extensive, unparalleled research including nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays highlighting Hamiltons fiery journalism as well as his revealing missives to colleagues and friendsthis biography of the extraordinarily gifted founding father who galvanized, inspired, and scandalized the newborn nation is the work by which all others will be measured.« less
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One the of best biographies I have read, engaging as well as informative. The CD version is excellent as well. This book made me realize that politics were as partisan and obnoxious in the past as they are now. The only good thing about politics in this forum is that we get to know the historical figures who are living and breathing the politics really well and come to understand their motivations, whether or not we support them. I must say the most surprising thing that resulted from my read is that I am no longer a fan of Thomas Jefferson!!!
A thorough and intersting chronicle of the times in early political America, especially the approach to financial matters. Perfect for this era where finances are so difficult.
The book humanizes what were, after all, real people in real times, minus today's technology. So, like rag-time, the pace is slower and more rythmical, but many of the ideas of their day remain true today.
Unlike the other reviewer, I remain a fan of TJ, and I am also a fan of my own ancestors, including Benjamin Rush.