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5 5 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 squalor, 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 th Like a lot of people I 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 Hamilton himself And if you re interested in reading a great account of the impact the show has on people I highly recommend this article that sportswriter Joe Posnanski wrote about taking his daughter to see it The circumstances of Hamilton s birth on a Caribbean island as the I heal all wounds but those which love hath madeInscription 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 thatIf Washington was the father of the country and Madison the father of the Constitution, then Alexander Hamilton was surely the father of the American governmentHe 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 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 prefer.
There 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 unique son of a Scottish laird.
Put Kanye West, Noam Chomsky, Donald Trump, and Steve Martin into a blender and what do you get Well, probably a pretty disgusting slurry of liquefied body parts Let me rephrase put the personalities, intellects, and quirkiest components not to me 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 beenconsequential than those of any other American in shaping the Constitution under which we liveAlexander 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 al
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 muchLike 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 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 f If they break this Union, they will break my heart Alexander 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, joyous of ways Having now read Chernow s impressive, meticulously researched book, I am no longer surprised how it was able to inspire Lin Manuel Miranda