Alexander Hamilton

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 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 wh...

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Alexander Hamilton Reviews

  • Renata
    Sep 29, 2015

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but more 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 Jeffer...

    "Knowing the purity of his heart, he bore it, as it were, in his hand, exposing to every passenger its inmost recesses. This generous indiscretion subjected him to censure from misrepresentation. His speculative opinions were treated as deliberate designs and yet you all know how stren...

    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 shac...

    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 perspe...

    Best Bestsellers bonus episode: http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers... Is 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 mu...

  • Joseph
    Jun 20, 2007

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

  • Mike Mcfarland
    Jul 02, 2007

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

  • Jessica
    Feb 08, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

  • Kemper
    Apr 25, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

  • Chrissie
    Feb 04, 2013

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

  • Renata
    Oct 08, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but more 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 Jeffer...

    "Knowing the purity of his heart, he bore it, as it were, in his hand, exposing to every passenger its inmost recesses. This generous indiscretion subjected him to censure from misrepresentation. His speculative opinions were treated as deliberate designs and yet you all know how stren...

    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 shac...

    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 perspe...

  • Jon
    Oct 12, 2015

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

  • Suzanne
    Oct 14, 2008

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but more 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 Jeffer...

    "Knowing the purity of his heart, he bore it, as it were, in his hand, exposing to every passenger its inmost recesses. This generous indiscretion subjected him to censure from misrepresentation. His speculative opinions were treated as deliberate designs and yet you all know how stren...

    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 shac...

  • Chab
    Apr 10, 2008

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

  • Cinda
    Apr 09, 2017

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

  • Trudi
    May 12, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 22, 2008

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

  • Brina
    Jul 21, 2018

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

  • Cody
    Sep 15, 2018

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but more 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 Jeffer...

    "Knowing the purity of his heart, he bore it, as it were, in his hand, exposing to every passenger its inmost recesses. This generous indiscretion subjected him to censure from misrepresentation. His speculative opinions were treated as deliberate designs and yet you all know how stren...

  • Sesana
    Feb 16, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

  • K.
    Dec 03, 2015

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

  • Matt
    Oct 22, 2015

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

  • Perry
    Apr 15, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Mar 24, 2018

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but more 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 Jeffer...

    "Knowing the purity of his heart, he bore it, as it were, in his hand, exposing to every passenger its inmost recesses. This generous indiscretion subjected him to censure from misrepresentation. His speculative opinions were treated as deliberate designs and yet you all know how stren...

    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 shac...

    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 perspe...

    Best Bestsellers bonus episode: http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers... Is 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 mu...

    2018 Reading Challenge: book that is also a play or musical This book was the most extensive I have read in awhile. It was superb! And it inspired me to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack. And now I can't stop. And now I'm a Hamiltonophile. All the Hamilton!!! ...

  • Stacee
    Apr 04, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Matthew
    Mar 25, 2017

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

  • Calista
    May 12, 2018

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

  • Nicole~
    May 01, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

  • Sean Gibson
    Dec 29, 2015

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

  • Darwin8u
    Nov 20, 2011

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Nov 13, 2015

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

  • Brandice
    Sep 16, 2018

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

  • leynes
    May 19, 2016

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

  • Conor
    Mar 28, 2017

    It had a lot less hip-hop than I was expecting, but I still really liked it. ...

    "...the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me." -Burr This book is utterly exhaustive in its scope. Dry and dull in a few places, exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others. This feels like a life done justice, although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza sta...

    "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 narrat...

    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?...

    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 kn...

    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...

    Alexander Hamilton. The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father. I have never seen the musical before, but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography. I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club, but still ...

    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 sa...

    4.5/5 stars How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot 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 furt...

    I am now prepared to see the Hamilton musical. Also, I now know more 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 syste...

    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...

    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 respon...

    Alexander Hamilton had a way with words, as does Ron Chernow. While Hamilton is a brick of a book, it was an interesting, thorough look at the life of a Founding Father: his upbringing, his challenges - both personal and professional, his accomplishments, of course, his fatal duel with...

    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 ...

    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 Gove...

    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, ...

    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 mo...

    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...

    I am not going to give you Alexander Hamilton's life story. If you are looking for that, it is this extremely thorough and well researched book you should read. Nope, my review is no ?Reader?s Digest? version of the book! I am going to tell you what I like and what I think could ...

    Fantastic! I remember hearing a little about Alexander in school and it mostly had to do with the duel with Burr that killed him. He was not mentioned the way Washington and Jefferson were. What a fascinating personality he is. He was brilliant and after reading this book, it is ...

    "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. ...

    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 more and more estranged from his politics and methods. And I must confess again that thi...

    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...

    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 ...

    This gets a solid 3.5 stars, but more 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 Jeffer...