Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton

Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton

From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena?s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America?s early days. Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton?Alexander Hamilton?s devoted wife?in Lin-Manuel Miranda?s phenomenal musi From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena?s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biogr...

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Title:Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton
Author:Tilar J. Mazzeo
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton Reviews

  • Kathryn Bashaar
    Feb 10, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

  • Kim
    Jan 07, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

  • Tanya
    Sep 06, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her. ...

    Excellent book, that is as much concerned with the details of being alive at that time, as with the historical events. Author's Notes at the end are very good. ...

    This is fiction - not a biography. The author even wrote the birth years incorrectly on the family tree for Eliza and Anjelica. Do not read. Stick with Chernow. ...

    I have stayed somewhat clear of the mania around Alexander Hamilton these last few years, but I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I just happen to be in possession of tickets for "Hamilton" in Chicago for next month, so it was time... I recognize that the book I read i...

  • Holly
    Oct 15, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

  • Robin
    Mar 16, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

  • Katelyn
    May 22, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

  • Laura
    Jan 06, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

  • Jan Priddy
    Dec 05, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

  • Heather
    Oct 03, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

  • Margaret Sankey
    May 31, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

  • Michael Denton
    Oct 09, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

  • S.A. Jones
    Jan 26, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her. ...

    Excellent book, that is as much concerned with the details of being alive at that time, as with the historical events. Author's Notes at the end are very good. ...

    This is fiction - not a biography. The author even wrote the birth years incorrectly on the family tree for Eliza and Anjelica. Do not read. Stick with Chernow. ...

    I have stayed somewhat clear of the mania around Alexander Hamilton these last few years, but I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I just happen to be in possession of tickets for "Hamilton" in Chicago for next month, so it was time... I recognize that the book I read i...

    When a book starts off with the birth and the death dates wrong of some of the most important people in Eliza's life, you know you're not reading quality literature ...

    While informative, and I did learn several things I didn't already know, many of the sources for information on several things were rather questionable, and I struggled through the writing style immensely. A book on a historical figure I adore I expected to take me three, maybe four da...

  • Bea Lynch
    Jan 01, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

  • John Behle
    Feb 09, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

  • Kathi Johnson
    Nov 03, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

  • Alexandria
    Dec 30, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

  • Melissa
    Oct 10, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her. ...

  • jasna
    Feb 25, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

  • Leslie Goddard
    Oct 31, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

  • Nicole
    Feb 03, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her. ...

    Excellent book, that is as much concerned with the details of being alive at that time, as with the historical events. Author's Notes at the end are very good. ...

    This is fiction - not a biography. The author even wrote the birth years incorrectly on the family tree for Eliza and Anjelica. Do not read. Stick with Chernow. ...

    I have stayed somewhat clear of the mania around Alexander Hamilton these last few years, but I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I just happen to be in possession of tickets for "Hamilton" in Chicago for next month, so it was time... I recognize that the book I read i...

    When a book starts off with the birth and the death dates wrong of some of the most important people in Eliza's life, you know you're not reading quality literature ...

  • Joelle
    Jul 13, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

  • Catherine
    Mar 22, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her. ...

    Excellent book, that is as much concerned with the details of being alive at that time, as with the historical events. Author's Notes at the end are very good. ...

  • Devon Black
    Dec 04, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

  • Kathleen
    Jul 12, 2018

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

  • Taylor
    Jan 14, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

  • Amanda
    Feb 03, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the ...

    A well-written account of the turbulent life of Eliza Hamilton, who damn well deserves her own musical for everything she had to go through. "best of wives and best of women", as Alexander would say. A must-read for every fan of the Hamilton musical. But beware: although classified as ...

    Shoddy research, questionable sources, fictionalized passages, and numerous claims without proof/sources. I can?t finish this book because the author clearly isn?t trustworthy. This is highly disappointing. Eliza deserves better. I hope somewhere there is a scholar writing a better...

    Could not muscle past the first chapter. Tilar Mazzeo whips out a virtual daytime TV soap opera script that is unreadable to anyone looking for history. An obvious capitalization on the success of the musical, I enjoyed consulting Wikipedia for fact checking more than plowing throu...

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her. ...

    Excellent book, that is as much concerned with the details of being alive at that time, as with the historical events. Author's Notes at the end are very good. ...

    This is fiction - not a biography. The author even wrote the birth years incorrectly on the family tree for Eliza and Anjelica. Do not read. Stick with Chernow. ...

  • Jana
    Mar 11, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

  • Donna Sosa
    Mar 28, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

  • Dean
    Jan 18, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

  • Momof4
    Mar 23, 2019

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first pag...

    "Aaron Burr was famously louche and horny." What can I say about a sentence combining a high school senior's vocabulary word with slang? Not to mention "a hot bullet tore through Hamilton's abdomen, shattering his rib cage." Nothing actually wrong with either one, except that I found s...

    I can't understand the high ratings this book has garnered or why it is classified as a biography. The research is sloppy and the fictionalized additions by the author don't add to the book's credibility. The book's publication soon after the Hamilton musical's amazing success makes ...

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the...

    So interesting! A great look into her life. ...

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it...

    The author states that she is not a historian; this is the truest thing she's written in the entire book. I've spent the last year or so doing an in-depth survey of Alexander Hamilton's life, times, and legacy, and along the way, I've also learned quite a bit about Eliza and the Sch...

    This book gets two stars because of the subject matter - I?d never rate anything involving Eliza Hamilton lower. If you want to read this biography please understand, though, that it is NOT a biography. This is a work of historical fiction couched as a biography by an author riding o...

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I?m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I?ve seen plenty about Eliza?s relationship with h...

    What a disappointment. I was so excited to think that at last there would be a biography of Eliza Hamilton. Nope. This is NOT a biography ...

    My husband and I recently saw the musical Hamilton, and like many people who have that pleasure, I was curious to know more about Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza. This was a good biography, and I understand it is the ONLY complete biography of Eliza Hamilton. It gave me the inf...

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has ...

    The subject of this book, Eliza Hamilton, is always worthy of five stars. Unfortunately, before I read this book, I read 'My Dear Hamilton', which presented the same facts, in a more fiction aspect. So, I felt like I was reading a less thrilling version of that. It's not to say that it...

    I enjoyed this book, but it read as much like a fictionalized account of someone's life as an actual biography, maybe more so. There were many scenes in which Eliza's (and Alexander's) inner thoughts or physical reactions, like blushing or calmly sighing, were stated as fact-- though t...

    I am so disappointedly underwhelmed by this book. As an American Revolution scholar, and Hamilton fan, I was thrilled to see that Eliza finally had her own biography. However, Mazzeo's citations are limited, and she admits in the notes that she is not writing a "dissertation." Regardle...

    It?s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it?s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask ?...

    I take a lot of issues with this book. The biggest issue I have with this book is that the author couldn't seem to decide if it's a biography or historical fiction. A lot of the assumptions about Eliza's feelings didn't seem to be founded on anything. She also didn't seem to do any res...

    Written like a novel. Not much discussion of her sources or how she comes to her conclusions, which is important when writing about someone who famously is missing documents. ...

    This book is not a biography and the author is simply trying to capitalize on the success of the musical Hamilton. If naming chapters ?and Peggy? and ?Winter?s Ball? was not evidence enough, the very first line of the Author?s Note quotes the musical as well. At best, thi...

    The blurb on the cover states: ?Tilar Mazzeo brings Eliza Hamilton to life...fast-paced and reads like a novel.? And why does it read like a novel? Because that?s what it IS! Just how, pray tell, does Mazzeo know how Hamilton thought, acted, or felt? How does Mazzeo constan...