My Rating: 10/10
Some weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of finishing Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. Due to certain life things, I couldn’t readily pen a very formal review of the book and, due to the late date, the book isn’t as fresh in my mind as other books I have read since then. Nonetheless, I have penned my instant reaction upon finishing the book on January 30th and that’s what I’ve decided to share. I hope you enjoy.
I finally finished Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow! Yes! Awesome! Eight hundred pages of glorious history–done!
This may be the longest book that I’ve read in recent memory and I’m so proud of myself for sticking through it. I’m also glad that I took the time to learn about Alexander Hamilton. I can probably say without hesitation that he is my favorite founding father. He was flawed, yes, but his determined character, noble feats, and the many hurdles he managed to overcome during his lifetime are enough to inspire.
I can’t tell you how often I nearly cried at the end of the biography. I knew his death was coming but I was still so moved by it and the plight of all those affected. I think this speaks to Chernow’s amazing talent as a biographer. He infused these characters with so much life. This was the most readable biography that I’ve read, filled to the brim with lively prose and telling anecdotes. A lot of research and love went into this work and it really shows. He wasn’t just running off facts, he was weaving an intricate tapestry of the human experience at a critical time in American history. Alexander Hamilton was at this narratives center but all other parts were equally important.
If you have the time and patience, please pick up this book. If you are a fan of the Hamilton musical, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a masterpiece of nonfiction!