ADAPTED INTO THE MAJOR AWARD WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL, HAMILTON Opening in London in November 2017 Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington s aide de camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States Few figures in American history are controversial In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton s willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza and the notorious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804 The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical winner of 11 Tony awards which opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London in November 2017....
|Title||:||Alexander Hamilton (Great Lives) (English Edition)|
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Alexander Hamilton (Great Lives) (English Edition) Reviews
Wenn ich mein Jahr mit einem Wort beschreiben sollte, wäre es wohl "Hamilton". Die historische Figur kannte ich zwar, jedoch nur sehr vage - bis mir von einem Freund permanent das Musical von Lin Manuel Miranda empfohlen wurde. Irgendwann konnte ich mich nicht mehr wehren und hörte mir die Stücke an, was mein musikalisches Leben stark veränderte. Mittlerweile kann ich jedes Lied auswendig, doch das reichte mir nicht. Ich wollte mehr über Alexander Hamilton und sein Leben erfahren, denn nur ein Musical kann es natürlich nicht genau wiedergeben. Deshalb bin ich bei der offensichtlichsten Wahl angelangt, "Alexander Hamilton" von Ron Chernow.Das Buch ist aktuell nur in englischer Sprache verfügbar, was für mich zwar kein Problem ist. Andere sollten sich jedoch bewusst sein, dass aufgrund der historischen Aufarbeitung der Person gute Kenntnisse benötigt werden. Dann aber wird man hier genau das finden, was man möchte. Vom Start, einer kleinen Einführung durch das Leben der älteren Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, über das gesamte Leben eines bemerkenswerten Mannes. Ron Chernow schafft es dabei die Details so darzulegen, dass man unbedingt weiterlesen muss und sich gar keine Pausen gönnen will. Das wird zwar aufgrund der Länge schwer, dennoch verschlang ich das Buch. Hier erhält man dann auch eine genauere Aufarbeitung einiger Themen, die im Musical verschönt wurden. Gerade seine Aktivitäten im Krieg werden hier derart ausführlich aufgearbeitet, dass man noch mehr Respekt vor dem Mann erhält. Auch seine Beziehung mit anderen historischen Figuren, allen voran Aaron Burr, ist stets interessant und interessant dargestellt. Dabei stört es gar nicht, dass Chernow gerne abschweift und vom Thema abkommt, denn das tut er genau an den Stellen, an denen man als Leser mehr von den Umgebenheiten hören möchte. Der Schreibstil unterstützt das, denn trotz vieler Details ist das Thema nie zu trocken. Tatsächlich entwichen mir sogar mehrfach die Tränen, und das ganz ohne lyrische und musikalische Unterstützung von Lin Manuel Miranda."Alexander Hamilton" von Ron Chernow ist ein Buch, das jeder lesen sollte, der sich für amerikanische Geschichte interessiert. Alexander Hamilton war wirklich eine besondere Person, sowohl in seinen Sternstunden als auch in den Momenten, in denen er gravierende Fehler beging und selbst zur Schattenfigur wurde. Eine perfektere Aufarbeitung seines Lebens gibt es nicht, weshalb ich gerne fünf Sterne vergebe und das Buch definitiv an jeden weiterempfehle, der die Ohrwürmer des Musicals nicht mehr herausbekommt.
Ron Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton” is an extensive, thorough examination of a life extraordinary in itself and to the nation. The personal saga of an illegitimate Caribbean youth from a broken family who learned several languages, business in the trading houses, relocated to New York, and obtained an education is inspiring enough. From there he became an aide to George Washington during the Revolution, promotor of the Constitution, proto-Secretary of the Treasury who set the Federal government on the road to an independent financial basis and America toward industrialization before falling out of favor and ending his life on the dueling grounds at Weehawken, New Jersey.Hamilton’s life took many turns. His attachment to George Washington was his ticket to success and influence. His marriage to Elizabeth Schuyler, a daughter of one of the most prominent families in New York, drew him into the political elite. His unfailing hard work made him a success at law, the military and politics. Hamilton was a man of contradictions. Though a devoted family man he was likely duped into the first major sexual scandal in American politics. A self-made man of aristocratic pedigree but impoverished beginnings, he was publicly portrayed as a spokesman for privilege by men more privileged than himself. A tough negotiator for American interests against Britain, he was pilloried as an advocate of an American crown for one of George III’s sons. A Principal author of the Federalist Papers, he was suspected of harboring ambitions of establishing a military despotism. A skilled negotiator, a series of blunders removed him from the center of political action and led to his death.This work is very long and introduces the reader to many events and issues in the life of Hamilton and the early Republic. In addition to the tale of its subject, these pages also say much about Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr and other characters in our early national drama. I have heard this book criticized as too long and too and detailed. It is long but I think that its tasks justify the length. Completion of this tome does require commitment to persevere to the end, but it is worthwhile. I found it thorough, but not overly detailed. I recommend this to anyone with a serious interest in Alexander Hamilton and the early days of American Independence.
This book is a beautifully rendered portrait of Hamilton, both his public life and his private life. As so many other reviewers have noted, the book is an example of first-rate biographical research and most of the book is well-written.Up to chapter 16, “Dr. Pangloss,” the story is superbly told. But, when Thomas Jefferson enters Hamilton’s life, much of the book becomes a contrast between Hamilton, who had his own well-documented personal failings, with Jefferson who, if the text is to be believed, had nothing but personal failings. Jefferson is variously described as hypocritical, duplicitous and conniving. Undoubtedly, Jefferson fit much of this description but so did Hamilton in their Federalist-Republican (anti-Federalist) feud in the 1790’s. What bothered me was the unrelenting negative portrayal of Jefferson, Madison (after 1790) and John Adams. Hamilton is portrayed accurately and fully as a brilliant and decent man with some major flaws. Jefferson and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Madison and Adams, are portrayed as deeply flawed individuals who happened to have a few good points. The language reinforces this. If one were to count the negatively loaded adjectives and verbs accorded to Hamilton’s three main opponents, they would vastly outnumber any positive linguistic connotations. In order to sharpen Hamilton’s character portrayal, the image that Chernow gives of Hamilton’s opponents is, given other biographies of these men, less than just.The name-calling, smear campaigns and character assassinations in the 1790’s are appalling (but less so given the 2016 Presidential campaign). However, a dozen years after independence and only a few years after the Constitution was ratified, the fears of the anti-Federalists were real ones. Jefferson’s and Madison’s hypocrisy and the foibles of John Adam’s personality notwithstanding, the concerns expressed were often genuine ones at that time about what kind of country the United States would be and how the Constitution should be interpreted. The possibility that the Jeffersonians may have had a point gets lost in Chernow’s constant barrage of claims about duplicity, hypocrisy and malevolent intentions.So I thought this was a brilliant portrayal of the man who founded our economic and, to a large extent, our political system. The portrayal of Aaron Burr is excellent and the factors leading up to the duel are gripping. But the mid-section of the book would have been even stronger if Chernow had presented Hamilton’s foes in a fuller, less negatively charged light.
All the hype that you have heard about this book is true. It is an outstanding biography. I admit I was somewhat skeptical. When I saw how much this book was dominating every single best-seller list, I figured the reason might be because of the highly successful musical (which I have not seen, nor plan to see). After completing the book, I can’t help but feel the reverse is true – someone, somewhere found a great biography about a great man, and then decided to make it into a musical.I read an awful lot of biographies. My tendency is to favor Americans in the years around the time The United States came into existence. With rare exceptions, I would have to say that I thoroughly enjoy all of them. So why should this one be any different? Is it really that different than all of the other biographies out there? I even recently read a biography about George Washington (who was close to Alexander Hamilton) by the same author (Ron Chernow), and even that one wasn’t particularly sensational. For whatever reason, though, this one is truly exceptional.Like all well researched biographies that are about 800 pages in length, this one is very thorough. It doesn’t exclusively focus on one aspect of his career, nor heavily focus on any particular area of his life. Everything is included. From being orphaned in the Caribbean at a young age to being killed by the Vice-President of the United States in a duel. Everything is here.Although there’s a lot of material to cover, Chernow works magic when transcribing the man’s life. I rarely ever got bored. The book seemed exciting, as though someone were telling me a fascinating story as opposed to simply recounting a famous person’s life. Quite often when writing such a detailed exposition, ennui often creeps in from time to time. An everyday life of a politician doesn’t necessarily relate to captivating reading. Fortunately in this case, instances of boredom are rare. There was one time when I mentally dozed off for a few pages while the author explained in a tad too much detail how Hamilton’s central bank worked, but these instances were quite infrequent. I felt like I intimately knew so many of the many people who interacted, good and bad, with Alexander Hamilton. I truly wished that I could have traveled back in time to meet all of these fascinating people.There are a lot of people that didn’t like this man, nor did he care for them. Particularly interesting is how the author treats Thomas Jefferson. Had this been the only book you had ever read, you would come away with the notion that Jefferson was Satan incarnate. Equally unfavorable treatment goes to John Adams, James Madison and James Monroe (all early U.S. Presidents, coincidentally). I would recommend further reading on these individuals for a more balanced perspective. In fact, had it not been for George Washington, you could argue that there wasn’t anyone around at the time of any importance that thought highly of Hamilton. Of course, having George Washington on your side counteracts a lot of adversaries.The author is quite biased in favor of his subject matter. Oh sure, he points out many mistakes and deficiencies of Hamilton, but you end up firmly in the man’s corner, despite the squabbling with so many of the other founding fathers. The biggest source of discontent is Hamilton’s Federalism as opposed to Jefferson’s Republicanism. The birth of our two-political party system. Both ideologies have highlights. To truly understand the significance, one must truly imagine life directly after America’s independence is won. Now that we’ve won, what do we do? We still need a centralized government to rule. Right? At the time, many didn’t think so. Such questions are easy to answer in hindsight. Hindsight does tell us, that Hamilton was right about a lot of things during our country’s infancy.I implore you to read this if you’re a fan of history. If you’re not a fan of history, I implore you to read it as well – just make sure you consult other sources so you come away with a strong, balanced perspective.
I read a good deal of history - some historians are better writers than others. EX: I enjoy McCullough more than Kearns-Goodwin. So I like to learn about the great leaders and events of our past, but it is tricky to find both a compelling story and compelling storyteller. This book has gotten a lot of attention because of Miranda's revolutionary (play on words?) play. Chernow's book is not flawed, but it is exhaustive.In short his book is an amazing story - the players, the insights, the events....frankly it is all quite mesmerizing. There is a lot here that we know, there is a lot we think we know, and there is so much more that we (at least I) never dreamed: The treachery, the mobs, the scandals and the foibles of the great men who created our great Nation. And almost any line in the book (well except the parts about productivity) could be ripped from today's headlines.The book is long however, and sometimes the writing is too detailed !?!?! (not a bad thing for an historian, but the reader is sometimes wearied) Thus the Opus gets 4 stars rather than 5 - but do read it - we learn not just about AH - we are also gifted with substance regarding Washington, Jefferson, Laurens, Madison, the French Revolution.......and much much more....
Great reading - & then go visit Alexander & Eliza at the Museum of the City of New York!