Alexander Hamilton was a scrappy, orphan boy from the Caribbean, who, through hard work and a way with words, achieved greatness as one of our founding fathers. Born in St. Croix, Hamilton started working at a very young age, trying to keep himself going after his father left and his mother died. One day, a hurricane hit the island, tearing everything apart. Hamilton wrote a letter, describing the event and the trauma, and because it was so well written, he was sent to the mainland, America, to live and learn. Alexander was a soldier and a lawyer. Eventually he became George Washington’s right hand man, during politics and battles. Hamilton met his wife at a winter’s Ball and they had many children. After most of the War was behind them, Alexander started getting focused on creating the Constitution and political systems. Alexander was a brilliant writer but was very irritating to many. He made easy enemies, one of which, by the name of Aaron Burr, shot him in a duel, marking the end of Alexander Hamilton’s massively influential career and life.
This book, while containing solid, entertaining information, was written a little blandly. There was no excitement in the text, just Richard Brookhiser spouting facts. It was very educational but not very enticing or easy to read. If there had been a little more zest to the commentary or interesting, if unimportant, quirks Alexander Hamilton had, it would have been way easier to dive into. The fact that it contained pictures of him, his family, and friends, was charming and a nice way to remember that he was an actual person.
Rating: 3/5 stars.
Recommendations: Other books/things I would suggest to people who were intrigued by Alexander Hamilton are “Hamilton,” a Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the biography, “Aaron Burr,” by Milton Lomask. Hamilton has most of the same facts, emitting only those that didn’t work for the structure of a Musical, and brings life and meaning to the birth of America. Musicals are definitely a great way to learn things in a different setting. Reading a biography on Aaron Burr would be highly insightful because he and Alexander were frenemies turned nemeses. Getting both sides of the story is very important, especially to history.