Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life

  • by Jeff Wilser
  • Narrated by Johnathan McClain
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An entertaining look at the life and wisdom of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who mastered the arts of war, wealth, wit, and women long before becoming the subject of the runaway Broadway hit Hamilton: An American Musical.
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under America's spotlight - and we need him now more than ever. Orphaned as a kid, this young, scrappy, and hungry self-starter came from nothing and then helped win the Revolutionary War, created the country's financial system, seduced New York's most eligible ladies, ratified the Constitution, and landed his face on our $10 bill. (In his spare time, he also formed the Coast Guard and the US Mint.) He is the ultimate underdog, blending a renegade spirit with a much-needed dose of sunny American optimism.
In Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life, Jeff Wilser distills Hamilton's life and writings into lessons for anyone who wants a job, has a job, wants more money, is looking for love, or is preparing for a duel. Along the way, chapters ranging from "Self Improvement" and "Career Advancement" to "Money" and "Romance" reveal the ultimate dos (and don'ts) for sparking a revolution in your own life. Approachable, informative, and fun, this blend of advice, humor, and history will be the perfect gift for pop-culture and history lovers alike.

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What the Critics Say

"Hamilton packed a lot into his short life. Jeff Wilser unpacks it and shows us how to make use of it. Hamilton rode horses and wrote with a quill pen, but he grappled with work, money, love, guts, and doing the right thing. Read, enjoy, learn." (Richard Brookhiser, author of Alexander Hamilton, American)
"Author Jeff Wilser has done his homework; he *gets* the real Alexander Hamilton, then he reveals the gems that guided his extraordinary life. Filled with levity and humor, and packaged in a concise, enjoyable format, the guide is very relevant to today's world and challenges. If you are interested in learning what made Hamilton successful, this book is for you... and for those you care about the most." (Rand Scholet, president and founder, The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society)
"We raise a glass to Jeff Wilser on Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life! It is as fun as it is informative. Wilser's writing articulately explains a very complicated man in a funny and relatable way. Whether your interest has been piqued by Hamilton the Musical, you've been a Hamilfan for years, or you just want to read something well-written and informative, you won't go wrong with this book." (Gillian Pensavalle and Bianca Soto of The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Mostly a Retell of Bits from other works

Very redundant and sites other works on Hamilton accordingly. Seemed and felt like piling on the Hamilton popularity and profiting from the recent abundance of attention to the subject. Nothing really new or overly enlightening. Probably a decent read for someone starting his or her Hamiltonian education but maybe not with it unless you have not read much on subject.
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- E1

Great Listen!

Enjoyed both Johnathan McClain's delivery and Jeff Wilser's telling of Alexander Hamilton's life story. Even my teenage/young adult children would love it!
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio