Staggering to see how solidly anchored to Hamilton and Jefferson our current political discussions are. 243 years later, and we, as a nation, still struggle with these two, very distinct narratives about "America" that they championed. In the middle of it all, Hamilton himself was this 'out of his era' genius; Chernow does such a great job describing the guy, this human being. I found the last 50 pages hard to read, because I'd become such a fan by then. Nothing to do at that point...just watch the thing sail off the cliff. Heartbreaking.

Also putting in a plug for Chernow, of whom I am also a huge fan. His gift for story-telling based on (what must be) every surviving scrap of paper from the time is on full display here. Difficult to comprehend how he keeps track of it all.

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