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What did Alexander Hamilton ever do besides get shot in a duel by Aaron Burr? When it comes to the American government, the answer is practically everything.

Born in the West Indies, Hamilton was the illegitimate child of a Scottish nobleman who lost a fortune in sugar plantations. Orphaned as a teenager, he came to America in search of an education, a home, and the war that would at last bring him fame and honor. As George Washington's most trusted aide, Hamilton helped to win the American Revolution - but after the war, his enemies lost no time accusing him of trying to sell his country back to the British. He was the most powerful member of Washington's presidential cabinet - so why did Adams and Jefferson hate him so much?

In this book, you will learn how the author of the Federalist Papers and the first Secretary of the Treasury nearly ruined his career by fighting duels, seducing women, and getting involved in America's first sex scandal. The duel that killed Alexander Hamilton is the most famous duel in American history, but you'll have to come up with your own answer to its greatest mystery: who shot first, Hamilton or Burr?

©2016 Michael W. Simmons (P)2016 Michael W. Simmons

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  • Julie Follansbee
  • 09-08-2016

Great story but the narrator could have been better.

The story of Alexander Hamilton is fascinating. I found the narrator such a distraction with strange intimations of common words...almost robotic. He paused in odd places and accented the wrong syllables and did not pause before the end of a sentence and the title of the next section. It took me a while to realize there even were sections because of the way it was read. I think I would have enjoyed it much more with a more animated narrator.

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  • Emily
  • 14-06-2018


This was an alright biography. It’s brief and to the point, but not comprehensive. It also quotes heavily from Chernow’s biography. There are better biographies of Alexander Hamilton out there, especially with his rise to popularity.

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