Saturday, December 18, 2010

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

I always have a biography by my chair and for the last two months it has been this one on Hamilton. Chernow has done an excellent job of giving a detailed yet very readable biographical account, from the illegitimate birth to the place of political power and his tragic death.

I was impressed with Chernow's honest account of all the Founding Fathers. I realize now that biographies I had read about Jefferson and Washington, for example, had ignored some of their personal defects.
It was interesting to read of the political intrigue that took place in those early years of the U. S. In that respect, politics has not changed.
Penguin Books, 731 pages.

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