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This book is little more than pages long, and so much time is spent on the actions and ideas of other Revolutionary figures that it begins to feel less like a biography of Hamilton and more like a Joseph Ellis Founding Brothers sort of broad review of the period.
Analysis of other Founding Fathers' thought was welcomed in the Chernow biography, because that book always anchored itself to Hamilton and really brought the man and his dynamics Part of me is inclined to rate this only two stars.
Analysis of other Founding Fathers' thought was welcomed in the Chernow biography, because that book always anchored itself to Hamilton and really brought the man and his dynamics with others to life.
In contrast, this book sort of seems to eventually remember that Hamilton is the focus, and casually arrives back at him after meandering.
Another issue I had with the book is its structure. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of Hamilton's life.
Later chapters take a more cerebral focus, like "Rights" how Hamilton believed rights are bestowed and what the rights of man and the government are, in contrast with the opinions of the rest of the Founding Fathers; why not work this into the chapter on Laws?
I thought that it would have served this book much better to have the more analytical chapters worked in with the rest of the content so they didn't feel so repetitive self-inherent? It's not all negative, though. Brookhiser has a great dry sense of humor and his sentences are laugh out loud funny on occasion.
And though I wished this book brought to life the different sides of Hamilton's character more vividly, I really thought the "Words" chapter, analyzing Hamilton's relationship to writing, was the book's high point.
That is where the man in all of his proud, anxious, obsessive, highly principled and blisteringly intelligent glory comes out. Hamilton is a fascinating character, yet Brookhiser manages to make him almost uninteresting.
Brookhiser shows brief flashes of good writing: But when delving into the details of Hamilton's life, he's less than thrilling. Often the writing is murky and hard to gain any understanding from. It's as if Brookhiser, having p A short and not particularly great biography of a man about whom I didn't know all that much.
It's as if Brookhiser, having plowed through all the first-hand sources and biographies, is steeped in Hamilton's story He seems to leave some things unsaid; things that appear crucial.
Anyway, it's a fairly quick read. I'm not familiar with any other scholarship on Hamilton, but I would wager that his life has been covered better by a better historian and better writer. It's not a contest: McCullough is far better.
Hamilton is an interesting and complex figure: He doesn't fit so well in modern politics, and despite his obvious genius would probably not be deemed electable. The book further dispels the myth that ugly and divisive politics is a new thing.
On the whole the book is an okay read. Brookhiser brings lots of his personal commentary to the story. Jul 10, Devon rated it it was ok Reads more like an extended section in a history textbook than a biography -- focuses on Hamilton's philosophy and views on government and presents little insight into Hamilton's life otherwise.
Though it is a short book, I expect a more narrative quality in a biography, especially because Hamilton's writings and thoughts are still available. In reading a biography I'm looking for what I don't already know about Hamilton, and I got little of that here.
Jul 09, Betsy rated it did not like it Was quite glad to finally have finished this book. I saw it on sale so bought it. I love history and the play Hamilton is such a big hit so wanted to lean more about this famous statesman.
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