Highly recommended for a historical biography. Constitution, and was in the process of building the U. But like so many people who will read this book in the coming years, it all started with a mad love affair for the. I learned that I could not have been more mistaken. For most Americans, there was a feeling that he was a second- or third-rate founder and yet the more that I read about his achievements, they were so monumental that I decided that they needed to be up there with those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin et al. Talented at school at a young age, he was in 1772 sent off to New York to study. Grant was the best-selling nonfiction book of the 2017 holiday season, having gone through nine printings in a little more than two months.
In May of that year, Washington: A Life was honored with the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, the highest honor reserved for a writer in the field. However, he also had a brilliant mind, a talent for writing, and an enormous appetite for work that was fueled by relentless ambition. And so the American experiment begins with my friends all scattered to the winds. Nevis is quite proud of this fact, as they should be. But as a work of history? Reynolds to speculate in government securities. Despite its length, the book stayed generally interesting throughout.
It's literally all I've been able to think about or listen to since April. This was one exciting read ~~ a real pot boiler! Straight narrative can become boring, and Brick is never that. Why did Hamilton and John Adams become sworn enemies? He balances personalities and ideas extremely well, never allowing the biography to become tedious or boring. I approached this book knowing only the current mythological cant concerning Hamilton, and I came away amazed at both his accomplishments and ethical approach to public service. The greatest issue that Hamilton faced was creating policy and legislation for Congress that set in place certain taxes, levies, and money garnering endeavours that did not sour the populace.
The short version of all of the above is that Hamilton is inherently fascinating and Chernow's biography is both well-written and well-researched, making this quite possibly the best biography that I've ever read. This by far the most stimulating, thought provoking, absolutely enriching, fascinating biography I have ever read actually, listened to on Audio. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still wasn't sure. And yet it's also a vastly entertaining read. It helped me keep both my sanity and perspective think long term historical here during a horrendous election year. 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. But it shed a lot of light on the early days of our country, it gave me a new appreciation for Hamilton, Washington, and others.
That Hamilton was not on the front lines of the battles irked him, but this connection to Washington would curry favour between the two men and eventually lead to greater things. Both two-term presidents, though with very different results. Chernow is a familiar figure on national radio and television shows and has appeared in numerous documentaries. I mean, if you're into economics and banking, it might be fascinating to you. Reviewing a historical biography can be a difficult task, a genre for which the writing can veer to the monotonous. I want to see it. The reader will also learn of his great loyalty to Washington and that Washington was most likely the only person that could temper the fiery temper of Hamilton and pull out of him his greatness.
The test of the influence of this biography will be if we see the construction of a Hamilton Monument in Washingtton, D. The fact that he was a lifelong anti-slavery advocate and even held the controversial belief at the time that blacks were intellectually equal to whites make him more enlightened and courageous to the struggles of understanding this country faced. Hamilton and Jefferson were very different personalities. Eliza Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson, and Adams loom large in this book. He has created a vivid and compelling portrait of a remarkable man—and at the same time he has made a monumental contribution to our understanding of the beginnings of the American Republic. Yet, his Caribbean roots were to mold him, to make him into the man he came to be--a fervent abolitionist, a supporter of the needy and orphaned, determined, motivated and self-reliant.
Chernow's book also examines some other highly interesting aspects in the American political development. The Author is able to truly show the brilliance and importance of Hamilton's contribution to our government. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Ron Chernow has received honorary degrees from , , , , and. I truly have never felt less adequate for my age than upon learning that this bastard from the Caribbean was aide-de-camp to George Washington at age 25 and is still one of the most storied politicians in American history, despite having died in his 40s! I highly recommend reading th This by far the most stimulating, thought provoking, absolutely enriching, fascinating biography I have ever read actually, listened to on Audio. This generous indiscretion subjected him to censure from misrepresentation. I have read many political biographies in my 41 years, but few better.
Chernow was an assistant professor of languages and social sciences at the. This was a buddy read with my friend Cody, and it was nice to be able to share takes on certain events or actions that occurred, and gain an additional perspective. I learned more about the revolutionary period than I ever expected. She was bright, giving, devoted to her husband's memory, and charming, if not universally. He was daring as well, with a tendency to tempt fate, as shown by his year-long affair with Maria Reynolds while he was still Treasury Secretary.
Nonetheless, I discovered many of her later letters and have tried to resurrect this Founding Mother. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Hamilton with a little more impulse control would have been a rather less interesting person, but he certainly would have lived longer, because his fateful encounters with Burr would have turned out differently. So good to know it wasn't our first and that fabricating stories occurred on both sides. The narrative is full of wonderful tidbits of information and stories to better exemplify some of the larger events in early American political history, as well as some key sub-plots showing that Hamilton had his detractors, including: Thomas Jefferson, George Clinton, James Madison, and Aaron Burr. We use this information to create a better experience for all users.