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The life of Alexander Hamilton is an essential chapter in the story of the formation of the American Union. Hamilton's work was of that constructive sort which is vital for laying the foundations of new states. Whether the Union would have been formed under the Constitution and would have been consolidated into a powerful nation, instead of a loose confederation of soverei The life of Alexander Hamilton is an essential chapter in the story of the formation of the American Union. Hamilton's work was of that constructive sort which is vital for laying the foundations of new states. Whether the Union would have been formed under the Constitution and would have been consolidated into a powerful nation, instead of a loose confederation of sovereign states, without the great services of Hamilton, is one of those problems about which speculation is futile. It is certain that the conditions of the time presented a rare opportunity for such a man as Hamilton, and that without some directing and organizing genius like his, the consolidation of the Union must have been delayed, and have been accomplished with much travail.

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The life of Alexander Hamilton is an essential chapter in the story of the formation of the American Union. Hamilton's work was of that constructive sort which is vital for laying the foundations of new states. Whether the Union would have been formed under the Constitution and would have been consolidated into a powerful nation, instead of a loose confederation of soverei The life of Alexander Hamilton is an essential chapter in the story of the formation of the American Union. Hamilton's work was of that constructive sort which is vital for laying the foundations of new states. Whether the Union would have been formed under the Constitution and would have been consolidated into a powerful nation, instead of a loose confederation of sovereign states, without the great services of Hamilton, is one of those problems about which speculation is futile. It is certain that the conditions of the time presented a rare opportunity for such a man as Hamilton, and that without some directing and organizing genius like his, the consolidation of the Union must have been delayed, and have been accomplished with much travail.

30 review for Alexander Hamilton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gyoza

    If you know little to nothing about Alexander Hamilton and his achievements as one of the American Founding Fathers and want to get a general introduction about him, you can't go wrong with this book. It gives a good biographical overview, from his early life in the West Indies, education at Columbia University (then King's College of New York), growing involvement in the American independence movement and military service, to his service as Washington's secretary of the Treasury, disagreements If you know little to nothing about Alexander Hamilton and his achievements as one of the American Founding Fathers and want to get a general introduction about him, you can't go wrong with this book. It gives a good biographical overview, from his early life in the West Indies, education at Columbia University (then King's College of New York), growing involvement in the American independence movement and military service, to his service as Washington's secretary of the Treasury, disagreements with Thomas Jefferson's views and death in a duel with Aaron Burr. Some chapters are dedicated to particular achievements, such as his contributions to the Federalist Papers, participation in the writing of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, his role in establishing the Bank of the United States and Congress's power to fund the national debt incurred during the war. It's not a very long book but it is packed with information and is clearly and concisely written. I listened to the LibriVox audiobook version of this title rather than reading the edition pictured on this page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    "He would probably have made a great career in whatever direction he might have turned his high abilities, but he was fortunate in finding an opportunity for their exercise in a crisis which enabled him to render greater services to the country than have been rendered by almost any man in her history, with the exception of Washington and Lincoln." Possibly my favourite point from this book, it illustrates Conant's clear biases towards Hamilton. This was a good book, brief and understandable, exce "He would probably have made a great career in whatever direction he might have turned his high abilities, but he was fortunate in finding an opportunity for their exercise in a crisis which enabled him to render greater services to the country than have been rendered by almost any man in her history, with the exception of Washington and Lincoln." Possibly my favourite point from this book, it illustrates Conant's clear biases towards Hamilton. This was a good book, brief and understandable, except for the chapters concerning the financial system which become slightly more confusing. Whether the author did not quite understand the system developed or did not quite explain it as well as he could have, I'm not sure. Other than that, it was a pretty good book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Gilbaugh

    Easy read,yet depicts the frailties of good men. Easy read, yet depicts the frailties of good men and makes it clear how fragile the early days of the United States was.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a nice account of Hamilton's services to the United States. I had hoped a bit more for more of his personal life, which very little detail was explored.

  5. 4 out of 5

    EvilWebBoy

    This biography focuses mainly on Alexander Hamilton's Political Career. His private life, the revolution and duel are about 2% of the book. It was originally written in the early 1900's so some facts are a little dated. It was well written and an enjoyable quick read. And best of all it was free in the Kindle Store!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    I liked this clear, concise biography of Alexander Hamilton. It's a good synopsis of his life for those who haven't read about his contributions and are curious. This book focuses on his political life--there is not much about his childhood or personal life. I listed to it as an audiobook and thought that it was well read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane Lebak

    After listening to 17 minutes of a two and a half hour piece, I decided to abandon it. The voice sounds very nearly robotic (they credit a narrator, but he's got no inflection and reads everything at about the same speed) and the book itself borders on hagiography. I get it: the biographer was writing in the late 1800s, when adjectives ran free in the streams and longer sentences were by definition better. There are other options (I could, you know, finish reading the Chernow biography) and I'd r After listening to 17 minutes of a two and a half hour piece, I decided to abandon it. The voice sounds very nearly robotic (they credit a narrator, but he's got no inflection and reads everything at about the same speed) and the book itself borders on hagiography. I get it: the biographer was writing in the late 1800s, when adjectives ran free in the streams and longer sentences were by definition better. There are other options (I could, you know, finish reading the Chernow biography) and I'd rather spend my time on those.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Eatough

    When I think of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton is not the first man that comes to my mind, but he played a very important role. Without his work on the Federalist Papers, the constitution may not have been adopted. Who knows what would have happened to the fledgling United States then? After reading this, Alexander Hamilton still isn't on my list of my favorite Founding Fathers, but it was an interesting read and I found it to be a bit of a different point of view on When I think of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton is not the first man that comes to my mind, but he played a very important role. Without his work on the Federalist Papers, the constitution may not have been adopted. Who knows what would have happened to the fledgling United States then? After reading this, Alexander Hamilton still isn't on my list of my favorite Founding Fathers, but it was an interesting read and I found it to be a bit of a different point of view on the American Revolution and the forming of the United States.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    I've been reading biographies on each of the presidents and first ladies in order. Since, I've learned a lot about Madison and Jefferson and the tensions between the federalists and the democratic-republicans I knew I needed to learn more about Alexander Hamilton. This was a nice, short biography that gives a good overview of his life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Good but too short on detail.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I was thinking that this was a modern biography and was surprised after beginning that it was written in 1901. The language is rather archaic and it is a dry book written by an expert on banking and finance. It was an interesting take, although I think a modern biography would give a better perspective on history.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne H

    Too simplistic. Very quick read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    A relatively brief overview of Hamilton's life, pinpointing his main accomplishments in contributing to the American system of government, to writing the Constitution, and to founding the National Bank. It's a worthwhile read if you know little to nothing about Alexander Hamilton and are looking for something concise, but if you're looking for a more in-depth analysis of his policies and influence as a founding father, you'd most likely prefer another read, maybe the lengthier biography by Ron C A relatively brief overview of Hamilton's life, pinpointing his main accomplishments in contributing to the American system of government, to writing the Constitution, and to founding the National Bank. It's a worthwhile read if you know little to nothing about Alexander Hamilton and are looking for something concise, but if you're looking for a more in-depth analysis of his policies and influence as a founding father, you'd most likely prefer another read, maybe the lengthier biography by Ron Chernow.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sam Motes

    An interesting reivew of the insanely impactful short life of Hamilton on our young nation. Challenged from birth he rose to great influence through hard work and passion in his beliefs. Such a traggic and senseless end to such a promising public life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Makrygiannis

    A very basic book about a very interesting founding father of USA. The librivox free audio can be found here https://librivox.org/alexander-hamilt... I need to read a more comprehensive biography this was very basic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Living in Hamilton it only seemed appropriate to read up on the man of the hour. I'll definitely incorporate him more into my public budgeting course in the future!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Onier

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie Dooley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marinkovich-Durfee

    This is a bio of a small part of his political life. It is very informative but is not extensive.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Koinis

  21. 4 out of 5

    David G Brown

  22. 5 out of 5

    Benjamen F

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Antrim

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean O'Brien

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  29. 4 out of 5

    Zach Duncan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

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