Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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"Alexander Hamilton was arguably the most important figure in American history who never attained the presidency, but he had a far more lasting impact than many who did." "An illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, Hamilton rose with stunning speed to become George Washington's aide-de-camp, a battlefield hero, a member of the Constitutional Convention, the leading author of The Federalist Papers, and head of the Federalist party. As the first treasury secretary, he forged America's tax and budget systems, customs service, coast guard, and central bank. Chernow offers the whole sweep of Hamilton's turbulent life: his exotic, brutal upbringing; his brilliant military, legal, and financial exploits; his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Monroe; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804." "Throughout, Chernow blends Hamilton's public and private selves to present a fully rounded portrait of this handsome, witty, controversial genius and his poignant relations with his wife, Eliza, and their eight children. Hamilton's countless exploits never cramped his prolific literary labors. Chernow brings to light nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays as he explores Hamilton's fiery journalism, his youthful poetry, his magisterial state papers, and his revealing missives to colleagues and friends. Moreover, he conjures up portraits of Hamilton's celebrated peers, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Burr with all their shortcomings as well as their oft-sung triumphs."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780786553617
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (35 hr., 58 min., 49 sec.)) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott


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Aug 16, 2017

Still cannot get used to the idea of Alexander Hamilton as Latino!

CircMary Jul 03, 2017

After listening to the musical soundtrack for a year and finally seeing the show in Chicago, I was ready to dive in to this 29-disc biography to find out what really happened. Much of what is in the show is spot-on. But the depth that Chernow goes in to especially fleshes out the lives of the other people in Hamilton's life and their motivations (or suspected motivations) for doing what they did. This glimpse into the early years of the experiment called the United States is well worth the time it takes.

Feb 06, 2017

Somewhat disappointed in the audio version, easier with the ebook because I can skip/skim. My interest was initially peaked due to the soundtrack of the Broadway production, which I do enjoy. Chernow is so detailed & drawn out I find myself trying to summarize Hamilton's life, the concepts & functions of government he put in place, all his accomplishments, etc. I am now trying to understand his personal life - not an easy task to sort with all the other details. Had the musical not brought Hamilton so forward, this might be just another dead, white guy, founding father.... I was somewhat acquainted with this man while reading The Whiskey Rebels, certainly a different perspective.


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