Quick Review of Ron Chernow’s “Alexander Hamilton”
Putting even a single syllable onto paper about Ron Chernow’s seminal opus “Alexander Hamilton” is to wade brashly into the sacred ground that is the Shakespearian life and death of one of the most influential people in American History. Hamilton’s prodigious talents as a writer and orator, and almost unfathomable foresight about the future of the nation he so deftly sculpted, seem to be unmatched in contemporary history.
After diving deeply into the life and work of Hamilton through this masterpiece, one realizes that Chernow defies seemingly insurmountable odds by doing justice to the historical giant, providing the unique experience of being in constant awe of both character and biographer at each turn of the page.
Chernow is so adroit and methodical in his immersion of the reader into Hamilton’s world that his death brings a fresh and guttural pang despite it being a centuries old story with grade school familiarity. Chernow forces a reverence for (and love of) Hamilton that deepens the sadness of his death as one realizes his reputation and accomplishments are almost entirely shrouded by his all too early, unnecessary and ostentatious death.
I will never speak the name of his murderer again for he does not deserve to be remembered by history, nonetheless in the same breath as the great Alexander Hamilton.
In the words of Wayne and Garth — we’re not worthy — of Hamilton and Chernow alike.
tldr; Read “Alexnader Hamilton” by Chernow. It’s fantastic.