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Alexander Hamilton

8 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Ron Chernow

Building on biographies byRichard BrookhiserandWillard Sterne Randall, Ron Chernow’sAlexander Hamiltonprovides what may be the most comprehensive modern examination of the often overlooked Founding Father. From the start, Chernow argues that Hamilton’s … see full wiki

Author: Ron Chernow
Genre: American History, Biography
Publisher: Penguin Press
Date Published: (April 26, 2004)
7 reviews about Alexander Hamilton
review by . July 17, 2010
Tell you what.  I just joined this History club, and a read several of your book reviews, and you all sound so erudite, that I thought I'b better write something better than what I'd just written about Alexander Hamilton, by Chernow.  I want to tell you what most intrigued ME.  I read the whole book.  Absorbed it.  I am not a person of erudition, but I can explain what caught my eye. So, what I want to write now is also true, if a bit more raw.      …
review by . September 20, 2010
During the 1980s, during the period when Bank of New York launched its hostile take-over of Irving Bank, the following anecdote circulated. As Alexander Hamilton was getting into the boat to be rowed across the Hudson River to Weehawken where he was scheduled to duel Aaron Burr, he turned to his aide and said, "Don't do anything until I return." The story concluded, unfortunately, the aide and all of his successors took Hamilton at his word. The anecdote, though funny at the time …
review by . July 09, 2010
I finally finished Alexander Hamilton, and, despite the fact that I had to put it down several times, I gave it a "3" ranking.       I had to put it down pretty often, out of boredom, because it was such a thoroughly-researched biography that there were almost too many facts, and Chernow seemed to have included every last one of them. The flip side of that is that, when you're finished, you know about all you're ever going to need (or want) to know about …
review by . March 07, 2009
This is simply one of the most outstanding biographies of an eminent American I've ever read. It is exhaustively researched, provides a wealth of details about Hamilton's life without being trivial, and is extremely well written. It also does an outstanding job of bringing Alexander Hamilton's personality to life and gives the reader a better understanding and empathy for this important founding father.     Hamilton without a doubt was a brilliant self-made man, rising from a …
review by . March 09, 2009
This is an insightful and deeply immersing account of one of our lesser-known yet most important founders. I enjoyed every rich page of it. Ron Chernow is a business writer by training, and paints a portrait of Hamilton as the father not only our constitution but also our economic system. To understand America, you must understand Hamilton.    If there is a flaw to this book, it is the flaw most typical of biographers: Chernow falls in love with his subject. By the end of this …
review by . July 26, 2004
This is simply one of the most outstanding biographies of an eminent American I've ever read. It is exhaustively researched, provides a wealth of details about Hamilton's life without being trivial, and is extremely well written. It also does an outstanding job of bringing Alexander Hamilton's personality to life and gives the reader a better understanding and empathy for this important founding father.    Hamilton without a doubt was a brilliant self-made man, rising from a …
review by . June 07, 2004
Chenrow had one thing in mind while writing, "Alexander Hamilton"... a Pulitzer Prize. In fact, my chief complaint is that in trying to win the Pulitzer, Chenrow made the work a little less readable. While not quite as witty as David McCullough's masterpiece, "John Adams", it still should be considered the favorite for the top prize. Chenrow was able to portray Hamilton's life as remarkably as it was lived. In a world that is fascinated by Jefferson and Adams, Hamilton is brought to life as the …
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