Author : Â Ron Chernow
Price :Â Â£15.54
Few Words About The Book
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,Â Alexander HamiltonÂ is â€œa robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.â€
Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernowâ€™s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of todayâ€™s America is the result of Hamiltonâ€™s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. â€œTo repudiate his legacy,â€ Chernow writes, â€œis, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.â€ Chernow here recounts Hamiltonâ€™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 Washingtonâ€™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 Americaâ€™s birth as the triumph of Jeffersonâ€™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 more human than weâ€™ve encountered beforeâ€”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 more vivid account of Hamiltonâ€™s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.
Chernowâ€™s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of Americaâ€™s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots,Â Alexander HamiltonÂ will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.
1. This book is FUN to read. You will become emotionally involved with the people, and privy to their thoughts and motives. You will cheer for some and hope others lose. I’m reminded, in a way, of Puzo’s The Godfather. The characters are at least as vivid.
2. Although a couple of people here have given the book single star ratings, reflecting their own current political points of view, I find that the central antagonists of this book, Hamilton and Jefferson, cannot easily be fit into today’s liberal and conservative ranks.
3. Today’s political junkies will find many of these 18th century battles remarkably familiar, although there are no exact analogues to today’s political players.
4. If you’re like me, you won’t be able to keep quiet about the book. You’ll find yourself reading passages to your spouse and telling stories about Hamilton to your friends.
This is a thoroughly involving book. It is long, yes, but so is a good NFL game with a couple of overtimes. Unless you’re a scholar of the period, you’ll learn a great deal about what made America what it is today. And you’ll wish, at least for a moment, that you were alive when Hamilton was and that you could have shared a dinner with him.