Alexander Hamilton Author:Ron Chernow The riveting life of Alexander Hamilton, 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 have been more hotly debated than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow s... more »hows how the political and economic greatness 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 famous and mysterious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804. The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical - nominated for a record 16 Tony awards - which opens in London's West End in September 2017.« less
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.