Original Release Date:
September 20th, 2016
Date I Read The Book:
My Star Rating:
The life and lessons of the Founding Father who mastered the arts of wit, war, and wealth, longbefore becomingthe subject of Broadway sHamilton: An American Musical
Two centuries after his death, Alexander Hamilton is shining once more under the world s spotlight and we need him now more than ever.
Hamilton was a self-starter. Scrappy. Orphaned as a child, he came to America with nothing but a code of honor and a hunger to work. He then went on to help win the Revolutionary War and ratify the Constitution, create the country s financial system, charm New York s most eligible ladies, and land his face on our $10 bill.The ultimate underdog, he combined a fearless, independent spirit with a much-needed dose of American optimism.
Hamilton died before he could teach us the lessons he learned, but Alexander Hamilton s Guide to Life unlocks his core principles intended for anyone interested in success, romance, money, or dueling. They include:
.Speak with Authority Even If You Have None (Career)
.Seduce with Your Strengths (Romance)
.Find Time for the Quills and the Bills (Money)
.Put the Father in Founding Father (Friends & Family)
.Being Right Trumps Being Popular (Leadership)
For history buffs and pop-culture addicts alike, this mix of biography, humor, and advice offers a fresh take on a nearly forgotten Founding Father, and will spark a revolution in your own life.”
JEFF WILSER is the author of four books, including The Good News About What’s Bad for You…The Bad News About What’s Good for You, named by Amazon as one of the Best Books of the Month in both Nonfiction and Humor. His work has appeared in print or online at GQ, Esquire, New York magazine, Glamour, Cosmo, Mental Floss, MTV, and The Huffington Post. His TV appearances have ranged from BBC News to The View. He lives in New York.
My Review: (Vague Spoilers)
As both a lover of the Hamilton Musical and an APUSH student, I thought this book was great!
It was entertaining, in a way biographies usually aren’t. Witty and full of pop-culture references, even if a lot went over my head, I didn’t get bored and have to put it down.
The book is told in a very narrative style, with little references to Miranda’s musical and other pop culture sprinkled throughout. Its well written, and requires no prior historical knowledge. As far as I can tell, it is historically accurate. Its also pretty funny, and reading the book did help supplement my APUSH reading (because wow our textbook is dry).
If you’re a fan of history or the Hamilton musical, and want to know more, I’d recommend this book.
Also, you can claim to be studying.
Read If You Like:
The Hamilton musical!
Historical nonfiction with pop culture references.
Or you are taking American history, this is much more entertaining than the textbook.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review!