Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this as background to the musical (which Lin-Manuel Miranda used as his base). Perhaps longer than I needed, nevertheless for the most part the book is very readable and rarely takes for granted historical background knowledge.

Chernow is definitely a fan of Hamilton, and there are regular pauses to marvel at his brilliance, but the reader also has a sense that in the latter phase of his life the author is exasperated by his subject; not least in his pursuit of the final duel.

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