Alexander Hamilton Author:Ron Chernow From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. — Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades," now brings to startling life the man who... more » was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.
An illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, Hamilton rose with stunning speed to become George Washington's aide-de-camp, a member of the Constitutional Convention, coauthor of The Federalist Papers, leader of the Federalist party, and the country's first Treasury secretary. With masterful storytelling skills, Chernow presents the whole sweep of Hamilton's turbulent life: his exotic, brutal upbringing; his brilliant military, legal, and financial exploits; his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Monroe; his illicit romances; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804.
For the first time, Chernow captures the personal life of this handsome, witty, and perennially controversial genius and explores his poignant relations with his wife Eliza, their eight children, and numberless friends. This engrossing narrative will dispel forever the stereotype of the Founding Fathers as wooden figures and show that, for all their greatness, they were fiery, passionate, often flawed human beings.
Alexander Hamilton was one of the seminal figures in our history. His richly dramatic saga, rendered in Chernow's vivid prose, is nothing less than a riveting account of America's founding, from the Revolutionary War to the rise of the first federal government.« 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.