Alexander Hamilton

  • by Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did. With masterful storytelling skills, Chernow presents 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 illicit romances; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. Alexander Hamilton was one of the seminal figures in our history. His richly dramatic saga, rendered in Chernow's vivid prose, is nothing less than a riveting account of America's founding, from the Revolutionary War to the rise of the first federal government.


What the Critics Say

George Washington Book Prize Winner, 2005
"Comprehensive and superbly written." (Booklist)
"This is a fine work that captures Hamilton's life with judiciousness and verve." (Publishers Weekly)
"Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Scott Brick delivers a highly professional, straightforward narration that holds one's interest throughout. Straight narrative can become boring, and Brick is never that. Nor does he become lazy in the course of 36 hours. His voice and evident interest are fresh throughout." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Abridged history

If you are serious about listening to this book do not buy the abridged version. Uneven gaps and movements to highlights without history or background.

The narration is good, even captivating, but getting the abridged version is like history by Disney....skip it...
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- Nick "Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI"

The forgotten one

This is truly a must read for those who have enjoyed other books about the early period of American history (1776, John Adams, etc.) With all of the deference paid to the likes of Washington, Adams, Franklin, and Jefferson, Chernow's portrayal of Hamilton as the chief architect of the American government helps to shed additional light on the events of the period. Chernow effectively casts Hamilton as a boy-genius who single-handedly polarizes the infant political climate of the United States, but also builds the framework for America's future economic dominance. The book is certainly pro-Hamilton, but it is a fair balance to the pro-Adams and pro-Jefferson literature that portrays Hamilton to be the villain of the times. A truly informative and provocative read.
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- C. Kelley "cyclops4"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio