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Alexander Hamilton bios

I'm reading Alexander Hamilton: American by Richard Brookhiser right now, and I'm kind of struggling with it.  Did anyone else read this one?

Of course I know that Chernow's book would've been a better book, but I copped out and went with the shorter one instead. 

The writing is kind of killing me, and this dude is SO biased, it's exhausting.  I get that biographers tend to lean a bit in favor of their subjects, but last night I read a 2 or 3 page ramble about how weak was James Madison.  Anyone who could be seen as a political rival of Hamilton's is just castigated in this book, and often unjustly so, I think.  And I'm only about 60 pages in. 

It's only a 200-something page book, so I'm about 1/4 through.  Do I quit and read Chernow's book instead (probably not right now, though), or suck it up and finish?  I'm usually all in favor of setting aside books I don't love, but in this case, I really want to read a Hamilton bio, and I don't know that I want to dedicate the time it'll take me to read 800 pages on him right now.

Re: Alexander Hamilton bios

  • I have the complete Federalist Papers in my kindle, so if I quit on this book, I might just read that instead.

    Speaking of Federalist Papers - we were made to read certain issues of the Federalist Papers in law school for Constitutional Law class, and I totally did not appreciate what I was being made to read back then. 
  • Confession: I've never read the Federalist Papers. For college or law school.

    I would probably just quit. It's one thing to be bored and wonder if the book will get better. It's another thing to be viscerally annoyed throughout the book.
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  • I read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and I really enjoyed it.  So I would say abandon this one and read the Chernow version, life is too short for boring books. 
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