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His enemies may have called him an outsider, but Alexander Hamilton was loyal to his adopted country. In a swift and lively narrative, Fritz traces Hamilton's life from his childhood in the West Indies to schooling in America and on to his involvement in just about every phase of the nation's birthing. A soldier in Washington's army, he was later asked to be on Washington's staff as an aide-de-camp, thus beginning a close relationship with the future president. Later, Hamilton was asked to be the first secretary of the treasury for the new nation, the perfect position for a Federalist, who believed in a strong central government, a national bank and a monetary standard. The narrative features abundant detail without ever losing sight of Hamilton the person, no small feat for a work about a complicated man in complex times, and Schoenherr's black-and-white illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. The volume comes to an unfortunately perfunctory conclusion with Hamilton's death in his duel with Aaron Burr, though source notes add interesting additional reading. (preface, bibliography) (Biography. 9-12)
Posted June 26, 2013
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Posted December 1, 2011
I am an eighth grade Language Arts and American History teacher, and I loved this book. It is a good, interesting, smooth read for that age group. It is not just a biography. but a great overview of the founding of this country that makes the reader feel he/she knows Hamilton and is interacting with Washington, Jefferson, Madison, etc. This really gives readers an understanding of not only events, but the emotions people are going through during this turbulent time. All of Fritz's books are well written and likeable ("Homesick" is a must read), but this is a terrific new addition to her works. I recommend it to middle school readers and up. Even adults will be pulled into this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2012
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