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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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Sep 16, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, history, history-politics
Recommended for: Disillusioned bank clerks.
Read in February, 2005

If there is a fault with this book, it is only that it is too long. (Roughly 27,000 pages.) It is an important study and a fresh look at one of the most important of all our founding fathers. Though Hamilton never got to be president, in forming the central bank and helping script the Federalist Papers, Hamilton has had a lasting effect on this country, more durable than the legacy of the vast majorities of our commanders-in-chief, and the book proves that. It also proves that many of Hamilton's ideals (particularly his anti-slavery position) put him far out front of other founders (think Jefferson) in living up to the ideals of the nation they were trying to establish. Had it not been for Hamilton, it is likely that the country would have gone bankrupt long before we started counting our Presidents. He saved the nation, and took a bullet in the head for it. A story worth telling about a fascinating man.

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Bunnie O'hara yes it was a long book but it had to be to include all the details of hamilton's life short as it was.

Duane 27000 pages?! Where did you get that from?

Meri Bullet in the side, actually.

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