Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.In the first full length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America.Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.In the first full length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is a robust full length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all Few figures in American history have been hotly debated or grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today s America is the result of Hamilton s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time To repudiate his legacy, Chernow writes, is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world Chernow here recounts Hamilton s turbulent life an illegitimate, largely self taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington s aide de camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America s birth as the triumph of Jefferson s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far human than we ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a vivid account of Hamilton s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.Chernow s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.
Alexander Hamilton Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nation In the first ful
It had a lot less hip hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it.
I NEED THIS BECAUSE OF REASONSaka I am Hamiltrash
I heal all wounds but those which love hath made Inscription on an envelope to Eliza Hamilton from her husband Alexander.I have read many political biographies in my 41 years, but few better Chernow is able to walk that narrow, tricky trail between scholarship and narrative storytelling without tripping over hagiography He presents the largeness and improbableness of Alexander Hamilton without leaving out Hamilton s excesses and flights of paranoia and inflexibility I think Chernow gets it right [...]
I ve been wracking my brains literally for months trying to figure out who I can compare Alexander Hamilton to on the modern politocelebrity scene or to whom I can compare him, if you douchey grammar wonks prefer.There are two reasons that process has taken months 1 I m currently operating with the mental processing power of an old Radio Shack TRS 80 on the plus side, I guess that means I can run awesome software like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and 2 Alexander Hamilton was one unique son of a S [...]
Like a lot of people I ve been listening to the Hamilton musical album non stop and read this because it was the source of Lin Manuel Miranda s inspiration to create the brilliant Broadway show The idea that a dense biography of an American Founding Father who was probably best known to the general public as the guy on the the ten dollar bill and the subject of a pretty funny Got Milk commercial would someday lead to the creation of an incredibly popular musical that blends show tunes with hip h [...]
I have now read the Hamiltome I know that s what people call the book Lin Manuel Miranda wrote about the musical, but seriously, this thing could stop bullets I wouldn t have picked this book up if it weren t for the musical, and it wasn t exactly light reading, but I m glad that I did Before I did, I was kinda sure that Hamilton was the guy who was shot by Aaron Burr, and pretty sure he d never been president, and if I thought for a second I d remember that he was on the 10 bill Now I know so m [...]
If they break this Union, they will break my heart Alexander Hamilton If anybody had told me a year ago that I would be delving into an 800 page biography on arguably America s least known Founding Father, first Secretary of the Treasury and he of ten dollar bill fame, I would have said they were crazy But like so many people who will read this book in the coming years, it all started with a mad love affair for the Broadway musical It s literally all I ve been able to think about or listen to si [...]
4.5 5 starsHow does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgottenspot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar The ten dollar founding father without a father got a lot further by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self starter, by fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter And ev ry day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away across the waves, he struggled [...]
I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical Also, I now know about Alexander Hamilton than I ever thought I would Despite its length, the book stayed generally interesting throughout There was a section in the middle that got into the establishment of the US banking system where I got a little lost, but overall the book stayed accessible.Another thing that helped keep things interesting was that the audio was read by Scott Brick Brick has to be my favorite audio narrator.The book covers a gre [...]
So I m sitting on a plane crying over the ending of this book It s not like I didn t already know how it turns out But I didn t know Alexander Hamilton before not in the way I do now No lie, reading this book is a major undertaking I am a lover of history and biography and this is one of the most compelling true stories I ve read in a long time I ve always been a little obsessed with Thomas Jefferson because the man had so many conflicts and inconsistencies This book demonstrates the power of se [...]
Alexander Hamilton will make you feel bad about yourself When he was about 19 years old, he had not only graduated from Columbia University, he was also George Washington s aide de camp When he was about 30, he was already one of the most successful lawyers in New York, he was responsible for writing the U.S Constitution, and was in the process of building the U.S Treasury Department from nothing He was a genuinely brilliant and astonishing man.But, he was also a very difficult man, and that was [...]
Rise Up Time to Take a Shot Reviewing a historical biography can be a difficult task, a genre for which the writing can veer to the monotonous Here, Ron Chernow does a kingly job with his impeccable research and suaveloquent writing More significantly of late, this bio served as the basis for the fantastic new blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton I ll step back and let Lin Manuel Miranda s daedal lyrics give you the players and a sketch of part of the story And well, you know how it ends It s h [...]
I don t know that I have ever read a single book that so changed my perception of history The Author is able to truly show the brilliance and importance of Hamilton s contribution to our government.I have always had the mistaken perception that Hamilton was a hinderance to free Government and that it was Jefferson and Monroe that were the true authors I learned that I could not have been mistaken Hamilton was a man of sheer genius Raising from obscurity to being the founder of the basic structu [...]
Hamilton s ability to rise above a bastard s upbringing and his unsure beginnings to one of the highest offices of the US is one of those American dream stories that our forefathers built the cliche upon Chernow handles the material, lived out so many years ago, with a deft hand, keeping my interest even through the parts I would normally find boring, such as the country s financial structuring which Hamilton masterminded Of course, it is Hamilton s battle of wits with Thomas Jefferson and his n [...]
In an ongoing project to better educate myself about important political figures in history, I sought to return to another member of the American Founding Fathers However, to call Alexander Hamilton a father when surrounded by Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson seems slightly odd, as he was much younger than the others around the table While that may be true, Ron Chernow effectively argues that Hamilton was a substantial, even quintessential, player in the founding and early establishment of Am [...]
There s no point in me pretending that I read this lengthy biography for any other reason than my current obsession with the musical Hamilton As a Hamilton fan, I was pleased to see that Miranda had stuck fairly closely to historical fact, with a compressed chronology And somewhat sympathy afforded to Jefferson and Burr than Chernow has, interestingly enough So if you re reading solely from a place of love for the musical, you won t be disappointed.But as a work of history I m really quite plea [...]
Alexander Hamilton My name is Alexander Hamilton And there s a million things I haven t done, but just you wait, just you waaaaaaaaait First things first if you haven t listened to Hamilton, do yourself a favour and go listen to Hamilton Because it s a freaking masterpiece Anyway On with the book review I obviously read this because I m Hamiltrash, as is the case with so many other reviewers And what struck me about this were two things in particular 1 It s an excellent biography of a truly fasc [...]
As I have grown older, I must confess my opinion of Thomas Jefferson has changed radically I still grant him enormous credit as an architect, inventor, and prose stylist however, I have become and estranged from his politics and methods And I must confess again that this most excellent biography of Alexander Hamilton has only served to harden my revised opinion of Jefferson and the political Jeffersonians.I approached this book knowing only the current mythological cant concerning Hamilton, an [...]
Definitely not something I would have ever picked up, but after becoming obsessed with Hamilton, I was curious It was a bit dry, but very well written I did skim parts of it, basically just wanting details for the sections of Hamilton s life that are highlighted in the play The last chapters dealing with the duel and the aftermath were heartbreaking.
No words can describe what I m feeling right now After two months, I finished this biography at 9 38 PM tonight with tears streaming down my face, hysterically sobbing I just have to read the concluding line of this 731 pages tome and tears start dwelling in my eyes again.I m not going to properly review this biography here on , because I discussed it at lenght in my YouTube series, The Hamilton Diaries , and I don t like repeating myself All I want to say here is that I am incredibly grateful t [...]
This is an exhaustive work that took me quite a while to complete I knew very little about Alexander Hamilton when I visited Nevis a few years ago and saw signs to his birthplace Nevis is quite proud of this fact, as they should be His birthplace is basically in ruins, a stone shack overrun with chickens and goats Nothing Just a sign The circumstances of his birth, his early life, his mother s imprisonment for alleged adultery, his father s descent into alcoholism and his ultimate abandonment o [...]
This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but for effort than for objectivity or verve I feel obligated to mention how I came to this book I did my undergraduate at the University of Virginia, which Thomas Jefferson founded and which ranked as one of the three accomplishments that Jefferson wished reflected in his epitaph The love is no less genuine or intense going the other way, either, with the school s unofficial soubriquet being Mr Jefferson s University honest conversations about the man s slaveholdin [...]
This by far the most stimulating, thought provoking, absolutely enriching, fascinating biography I have ever read actually, listened to on Audio It consumed me for months and I talked about it to anyone who was motionless enough to listen It helped me keep both my sanity and perspective think long term historical here during a horrendous election year So good to know it wasn t our first and that fabricating stories occurred on both sides Chernow is a marvel I highly recommend reading this book t [...]
Best Bestsellers bonus episode frowl worstbestsellersIs this getting a bonus star because of inspiring Hamilton the musical YES PROBABLY my reviews are all subject to personal WHIMSY.Anyway, I never would have picked this up if it weren t for Hamilton the musical But Hamilton the musical wouldn t exist if it weren t for this book Chernow does a great job of fleshing out Hamilton as a smart, scrappy, irritating human being with an A wife, also a human being as opposed to just, you know, the 10 bi [...]
Wonderful an education in itself Voluble, big hearted.
This is the first biography that I ve read all the way through foreword, introduction, afterword, footnotes, and all which is a big deal for me because I m not a big nonfiction reader So giving it the full 5 star rating is an even bigger deal It feels like a book worthy of the highest rating because so much work went into crafting it and making it the page turner that it is, but much to my surprise it s not heavy at all It s actually a quick read the language zips along and doesn t pull any punc [...]
The popularity of the Broadway musical Hamilton, has rekindled interest in Ron Chernow s 2004 biography of our nation s first Secretary of the Treasury I read the original when it was published and I found it to be an amazingly comprehensive study which included incisive analysis and a fairly objective approach to its subject Since I will be teaching a course entitled, Hamilton The Musical, Historically Accurate or Not I decided to revisit Chernow s work My opinion has not changed and I still fi [...]
The hottest Broadway ticket is Hamilton, and no, I haven t seen it The cost of tickets are a bit rich for my blood But, I have read the book that inspired the musical and am in awe of how this 832 page historical non fiction book was turned into such a sensation.Because of the musical, my book club decided to tackle Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow And let me tell you, it was NOT an easy read At least not for me I do have an appreciation for history, but at times the details dragged on and on D [...]
Thanks to tumblr, I got into Hamilton approximately 8 months ago and I am now Hamiltrash, so thanks for that tumblr The immense scope of this book in comparison to the succinct musical which is insanely brilliant kind of blows my mind There is so much detail in this book, yet it remains compulsively readable Per Chernow, Hamilton was a human word machine, which I think is something that can also be said about Chernow the biographer and Lin Manuel Miranda.If you like history and or the musical, t [...]
Every other Founding Father s story gets told,Every other Founding Father gets to grow old.Might as well get this out of the way now despite the lyrics I just quoted, I didn t read this book out of any interest in Lin Manuel Miranda s musical Even upon finishing what is one of the best books I have probably ever read, I still don t have much interest in seeing it, because I am a curmudgeon who gets no joy from anachronisms That being said, I understand why this book has inspired a resurgence of [...]