Alexander Hamilton – Book Review

From the Pulitzer prize-winning author, Ron Chernow, comes yet another landmark biography of a man who inspired, shaped and galvanized the newborn America, and yet remained largely misunderstood. The book Alexander Hamilton has received worldwide acclaim and positive reviews from historians for the amount of work and effort Chernow has put into painting a textured canvas of the newborn nation raising its head amidst blood and turmoil.

In his book, Chernow speaks of the countless sacrifices Hamilton made and pays tribute to his ideas and at the same time talks of his turbulent life as a self-taught orphan from Caribbean, who out of nowhere took America by storm and changed the course of the world, especially his truly beloved nation. He served as the aid-de-camp of George Washington in the Continental Army, coauthored the Federalist Papers and also founded the bank of New, York becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.

And yet, Chenrow argues that the world remembers Hamilton for a completely different man and for all the wrong reasons. They know Hamilton as a man with intimate relationships with his childhood friends, titanic feuds with Madison, Adam, Jefferson, Burr and Monroe, and of his very public love affair with a married woman, leading to a mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804.

As for the readers, the book will remind them of the true purpose of their institutions and American heritage, portraying a man of legendary ambitions, his self-less patriotism and stubborn will to build America’s foundations towards power and prosperity.

Not only is it a landmark biography of a great man, Alexander Hamilton is also the story of America in its infancy and in those times of tumult after the demise of the Revolutionary War; the emergence of a central entity.

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