It I ve been wracking my brains literally for months trying to figure out who I can compare Alexander Hamilton to on the modern politocelebrity scene or to whom I can compare him if you douchey grammar wonks preferThere are two reasons that process has taken months 1 I m currently operating with the mental processing power of an old Radio Shack TRS 80 on the plus side I guess that means I can run awesome software like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and 2 Alexander Hamilton was one uniue son of a Scottish lairdPut Kanye West Noam Chomsky Donald Trump and Steve Martin into a blender and what do you getWell probably a pretty disgusting slurry of liuefied body parts Let me rephrase put the personalities intellects and uirkiest compo Hamilton was not the master builder of the Constitution the laurels surely go to James Madison He was however its foremost interpreter starting with The Federalist and continuing with his Treasury tenure when he had to expound constitutional doctrines to accomplish his goals He lived in theory and practice every syllable of the Constitution For that reason historian Clinton Rossiter insisted that Hamilton s works and words have been conseuential than those of any other American in shaping the Constitution under which we live Alexander Hamilton Ron ChernowI figured it was now or never to read Ron Chernow s Alexander Hamilton I have tickets to see HAMILTON in October I want to be up to speed when I see it Coming in at 818 pages I thought I d need to allot six weeks for this monster I was wrong This book flew by I finished it in less than two weeks I had oked with a friend that 2019 would be my year of big books Little did I know how prophetic that remark would beWhat amazed me most about Alexander Hamilton was Chernow s writing style This did not read as a dry dusty political biography Instead I was swept up in the character of Hamilton and the events and people that took place not only in America s early history but in t 455 stars How does a bastard orphan son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgottenspot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished in sualor grow up to be a hero and a scholar The ten dollar founding father without a father got a lot further by working a lot harder by being a lot smarter by being a self starter by fourteen they placed him in charge of a trading charter And ev ry day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted away across the waves he struggled and kept his guard up Inside he was longing for something to be a part of the brother was ready to beg steal borrow or barter Then a hurricane came and devastation reigned our man saw his future drip dripping down the drain put a pencil to his temple connected it to his brain and he wrote his first refrain a testament to his pain Well the word got around they said This kid is insane man Took up a collection ust to send him to the mainland Get your education don t forget from whence you came and the world is gonna know your name What s your name man Alexander Hamilton My name is Alexander HamiltonFrom Hamilton the musical by Lin Manuel Miranda Eleven Tony wins to Linfor a brilliant broadway score inspired by this bio from author Ron Cherno From bastardy and povertya man of many flaws still a visionarygenius and maker of lawsDriven by ambition a financial wiz of a fledgling nation controversial tragic sadly ironic American iconAlexander Hamilton ButseriouslyHamilton s monument at Trinity Churchyard in New York City The Patriot of incorruptible IntegrityThe Soldier of approved ValourThe Statesman of consummate Wisdom Whose Talents and Virtues will be admired Long after this Marble shall have mouldered into DustPulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow s sprawling weighty biography was first published in 2004 and seems to be enjoying a much deserved popularity resurgence basking in the limelight of Lin Manuel Miranda s smashing 11 Tony Award winning broadway musical inspired by its subject Chernow s biographical treatment might be considered the most extensively researched to date of the life of Alexander Hamilton nevertheless it may be found slightly biased as the reader will note even if his patience wanes and skimming parts becomes the only alternative to fleshing out the pertinent bits in this lifetimeHamilton s story in contemporary terms as Miranda has implied in his musical is the immigrant
where dreams true Illegitimate orphaned and impoverished he never looked at his personal misfortunes as roadblocks to his future Instead his hard work intelligence and drive to improve his circumstances got him noticed by benefactors who sent him to the USThough a rebel at heart he had a profound dread that popular sentiment would boil over into dangerous excess and even amid an insurrection that he supported he fretted about the damage to constituted authority and worried about mob rule Hamilton served in the American Revolution and became aide de camp to George Washington who unreservedly had faith in him despite many who by nature distrusted foreigners doubted his honesty and loyalty and thought him a spy for the BritishTruly a visionary where other minds groped in the fog of war Hamilton seemed to perceive everything in a sudden flash He exerted his brilliance in drafting plans for a new American government while war was still raging on and as Washington was selected as the first president Hamilton became his Secretary of the Treasury founding a central bank a funded debt a mint saw America as a great manufacturing nation and laid the foundation for both liberal democracy and capitalism Amid his genius capabilities however Hamilton showed bewildering foolhardiness among the most notorious was a scandalous affair to which he confessed in a 90page letter published it en masse and distributed it to the public Hard to imagine that this blatant act of marital suicide didn t actually end that wayHamilton had his share of ideological opponents who in turn had no great love for him among them Thomas Jefferson John Adams James Madison with whom he exerted his uick tempered hot headedness verbal tongue lashing character assassinations and nasty mudslinging uite a familiar political climate at present no His most incomprehensible act in a manner of speaking an unintentional suicide was agreeing to a duel with his political arch enemy Aaron Burr even after the death of his son by the same means In these times this example of hatred is very potent and thought provoking that even the most intelligent in a crowd would stoop to resolve their differences in the most destructive senseless fatalistic manner by point blank pulling the trigger For a talented visionary as Hamilton who helped lay the groundwork for a country in which freedom ustice harmony and euality among its citizens are paved the manner of his death seemed very shortsighted Further by that same sort of shortsightedness base animosity and violence would thestory where dreams
country that this founding father helped birth come to the same demiseWhat would our Founding Fatherthat this founding father helped birth come to the same demiseWhat would our Founding Father of US now Integrity Valour Wisdom VirtueDus. Interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power His is a Hamilton far human than we’ve encountered before from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson Madison Adams Monroe and Burr and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza And never before has there been a vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804Chernow’s biography is not ust a portrait of Hamilton but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure At a critical time to look back to our roots Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as America.
Ron Chernow ↠ 7 ReadTattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art just as capable of acting in short sighted mean spirited and despicable ways as any politician today Thomas Jefferson in particular comes across as a hypocritical sneakyerkface that I would never vote for After reading this it s easy to understand
HOW HAMILTON THE REMARKABLE PERSON INSPIREDHamilton the remarkable person inspired the remarkable musical Alexander Hamilton The musical has brought much publicity to this early founding father I have never seen the musical before but a few Goodreads friends whose reviews I trust recently read this biography I had been following their discussions in the nonfiction book club but still wasn t sure I am in the Doris Kearns Goodwin historian camp and had never read Ron Chernow before What finally pushed me to read this book is that a Chicago Cubs player posted that it took him eighteen months but he finally finished I was sold With much being written about Hamilton his is what I took away from this award winning biography Hamilton was the first rags to riches immigrant who embodied the American dream and achieved lofty goals from being Washington s advisor to the first secretary of the treasury of the United States Hamilton s vision for the future of the United States his national bank national debt and repayments enhancing the British model of government on American soil a model for an industrial society that would establish the United States as a key world player the preservation of the Constitution for as long as possible and prevention of secession by any section of the country Federalists vs Republicans and how divided the government was at the country s founding based on their views of agrarian vs industrial society distrust of banks supporting England vs France the country being centered in the north or south and seeing presidents Adams Jefferson Madison and Monroe in a completely different light than the one placed on a pedestal in school books Hamilton and his wife Eliza as champions for the welfare of abused women and orphans and Eliza and her children preserving her husband s memory as the oldest American widow during the 19th century she never remarried in fifty years Hamilton was a love story between him and Eliza and between him and America It was deeply researched and had all the elements of a uality written history book that read like a story I finished the last third in a day I finally took the plunge and read a Chernow biography and am glad that I did and I have a feeling that it won t be
My Last This Was Suchlast This was such compelling book about a compelling man and will most likely be in my top five nonfiction books for this year 5 full stars It had a lot less hip hop than I was expecting but I still really liked. Ica is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time “To repudiate his legacy” Chernow writes “is in many ways to repudiate the modern world” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life an illegitimate largely self taught orphan from the Caribbean he came out of nowhere to take America by storm rising to become George Washington’s aide de camp in the Continental Army coauthoring The Federalist Papers founding the Bank of New York leading the Federalist Party and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United StatesHistorians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton Chernow presents an entirely different man whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self. I heal all wounds but those which love hath made Inscription on an envelope to Eliza Hamilton from her husband Alexander I have read many political biographies in my 41 years but few better Chernow is able to walk that narrow tricky trail between scholarship and narrative storytelling without tripping over hagiography He presents the largeness and improbableness of Alexander Hamilton without leaving out Hamilton s excesses and flights of paranoia and inflexibility I think Chernow gets it right that If Washington was the father of the country and Madison the father of the Constitution then Alexander Hamilton was surely the father of the American government He was a man who was infused with genius and energy but also often tone deaf to the political realities of his time He was a man who knew government but was often ungovernable himself His talents built the frameworks that would later create both our nation s economic government and military capacity as well as the Federalist party however those same skills would also help to tear down the Federalist party because of Hamilton s inability to bend or ust shut up Like those prophets that seem to gain strength and honor as the world shifts and slides into alignment with their oracle like vision the modern world seems able to identify and honor Hamilton because in many ways HE made it Chernow s biography paints the details of Hamilton s life with a vision of ust how incredible a figure Hamilton was and how his talents often unsettled those around him Chernow also frames Hamilton around those important founding fathers that contributed to Hamilton s rise Washington fall Jefferson Madison Adams and death Burr while also showing how Alexander Hamilton also contributed to his own rise fall and death One of my favorite easter eggs from this tome was a remark Burr once made after shooting Alexander Hamilton Chernow relates that Only once did Burr betray any misgivings about killing Hamilton While reading the scene in Laurence Sterne s Tristram Shandy an amazing book which I recommend everyone read btw in which the tenderhearted Uncle Toby picks up a fly and delicately places it outside the window instead of killing it Burr is said to have remarked Had I read Sterne and Voltaire less I should have known the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me Anyway an amazing man is never really captured but this biography comes pretty closeFinally Chernow writes primarily about banking families and American biographiesChernow s Banking Dynasties1 Titan The Life of John D Rockefeller Sr 2 The House of Morgan An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance 3 The Warburgs The Twentieth Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family Chernow s American Political Biographies1 Alexander Hamilton 2 Washington A Life 3 Grant Upon reviewing my reviews I m convinced Chernow does slightly better at writing histories of individuals rather than families politics rather than finance However I should note I ve enjoyed ALL of his books and he s a master at his craft Saw Hamilton the Musical on July 12 so after Lin Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr left but before Daveed Diggs left and it was kinda amazing I have now read the Hamiltome I know that s what people call the book Lin Manuel Miranda wrote about the musical but seriously this thing could stop bullets I wouldn t have picked this book up if it weren t for the musical and it wasn t exactly light reading but I m glad that I did Before I did I was kinda sure that Hamilton was the guy who was shot by Aaron Burr and pretty sure he d never been president and if I thought for a second I d remember that he was on the 10 bill Now I know so much Like that he founded the Coast Guard and the first national bank That he wrote most of Washington s speeches as president and dispatches during the war I know how influential he was to politics to industry and banking and to the law And he did it all by the time he was killed at 49 by Aaron Burr who frankly was an asshole Anybody who writes detailed letters about his sexual conuests to his own daughter is an asshole And that s not all he didThis was an excellent and exhaustingly thorough biography I didn t give it five stars because well it s not exactly light reading I wouldn t pick it up again and I will recommend it to hardcore history buffs and not necessarily your average reader But it shed a lot of light on the early days of our country it gave me a new appreciation for Hamilton Washington and others And a healthy dislike of Jefferson as well as John Adams who I swear to Odin had to have been bipolar I have no regrets about reading it am in fact very glad that I read it It did make me yearn for a book all about Eliza Hamilton though Honestly a book ust about Alexander and Eliza s family life would be fascinating but impossible since she really did burn all her letters And musical fans Yes Lin Manuel has taken liberties with storyline and whatnot And that s okay If you really want to know the truth here s the book for
you If you d rather sit back and enjoy a cabinet battle all in rap youIf you d rather sit back and enjoy a cabinet battle all in rap you where to goAll hail the self starter the ten dollar Founding Father HAMILTON If they break this Union they will break my heartAlexander Hamilton If anybody had told me a year ago that I would be delving into an 800 page biography on arguably America s least known Founding Father first Secretary of the Treasury and he of ten dollar bill fame I would have said they were crazy But like so many people who will read this book in the coming years it all started with a mad love affair for the Broadway musical It s literally all I ve been able to think about or listen to since April It s consumed my waking hours in the oddest most unpredictable oyous of ways Having now read Chernow s impressive meticulousl the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me BurrThis book is utterly exhaustive in its scope Dry and dull in a few places exhilarating and taut and heartbreaking in others This feels like a life done ustice although I am also curious about the biography that Eliza started and her son finished after she was gone I loved the framing with Eliza in the prologue and epilogue Loved piecing together where the book and musical met loved the bits where they diverged Loved stumbling upon the actual historical lines from letters and writings that made it into the musical s brilliant score Shout out to Scott Brick for bringing this book to life for my ears the way few couldI am so tired It is so long I want to see Hamilton Eliza Like a
of people ve been listening to the Hamilton musical album non stop and read this because it was the source of Lin Manuel Miranda s inspiration to create the brilliant Broadway show The idea that a dense biography of an American Founding Father who was probably best known to the general public as the guy on the the ten dollar bill and the subject of a pretty funny Got Milk commercial would someday lead to the creation of an incredibly popular musical that blends show tunes with hip hop is only a little less likely than the life of Alexander Ha. An alternate cover edition can be found herePulitzer Prize winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton the Founding Father who galvanized inspired scandalized and shaped the newborn nationIn the first full length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape inspire and scandalize the newborn America According to historian Joseph Ellis Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full length portrait in my view the best ever written of the most brilliant charismatic and dangerous founder of them all”Few figures in American history have been hotly debated or grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s Amer.lot of people