Alexander Hamilton, American by Richard Brookhiser

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



Alexander Hamilton is one of the least understood, most important, and most impassioned and inspiring of the founding fathers. At last Hamilton has found a modern biographer who can bring him to full-blooded life; Richard Brookhiser. In these pages, Alexander Hamilton sheds his skewed image as the "bastard brat of a Scotch peddler," sex scandal survivor, and notoriously doomed dueling partner of Aaron Burr. Examined up close, throughout his meteoric and ever-fascinating (if tragically brief) life, Hamilton can at last be seen as one of the most crucial of the founders. Here, thanks to Brookhiser's accustomed wit and grace, this quintessential American lives again.

About Richard Brookhiser

See more books from this Author
Richard Brookhiser is Senior Editor of the National Review and the author of nine books, including Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington; Alexander Hamilton, American; America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918; and Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution. Brookhiser also wrote and hosted the PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington. He lives in New York City.
Published April 5, 2011 by Free Press. 266 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Alexander Hamilton, American

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

While Brookhiser (Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington, 1996), an editor at the National Review and a contributor to the New York Observer, is dead wrong that “there is nothing else by or about” Alexander Hamilton (what of biographies by Jacob Cooke, Broadus Mitchell, and Nathan Schac...

| Read Full Review of Alexander Hamilton, American

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Brookhiser (Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington) rediscovers another founding father. Hamilton was one of the epochal figures of the Revolutionary period--he collaborated with Madison on

Mar 29 1999 | Read Full Review of Alexander Hamilton, American

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Although he doesn't provide a substantive analysis of Hamilton's work (just four pages are given to the Federalist papers, arguably the most important contribution of Hamilton's career), Brookhiser gives us a valuable, incisive portrait both of Hamilton's character and of the character of young A...

| Read Full Review of Alexander Hamilton, American

National Review Online

Your E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Apr 27 2004 | Read Full Review of Alexander Hamilton, American


Yet Hamilton, “the bastard brat of a Scotch pedlar,” as John Adams called him, was more than the father of American capitalism, writes author Richard Brookhiser in this insightful, poignant, and graceful biography.

Aug 11 2001 | Read Full Review of Alexander Hamilton, American

Reader Rating for Alexander Hamilton, American

An aggregated and normalized score based on 64 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review