The Hamilton Affair

The Hamilton Affair

Large Print - 2016
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Cobbs's tale of Alexander Hamilton's life concentrates mostly on his wooing of future wife Elizabeth Schuyler. But it's when he is contemplating the future of a newly independent nation and questioning the morality of mankind that the story feels most alive. Beginning in 1768 and ending in 1854, the novel alternates chapters from Alexander's and Elizabeth's point of view, beginning with their respective childhoods, their first meeting, their life in the public eye, and ending from Elizabeth's perspective after Alexander's death. Nearly 100 years is a lot of ground to cover, leaving little time to dwell on the emotions of pivotal moments such as Alexander and Elizabeth's wedding or the death of George Washington. Still, the politics of the time are easy to follow, even for non-historians, and Cobbs's depiction of Hamilton will endear him in the hearts of readers and shed light on one of the most misunderstood figures in American history and the woman who shared his life.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Wheeler Publishing, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410495532
1410495531
Branch Call Number: LP FIC COBBS
Characteristics: 629 pages ; 23 cm

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Feb 24, 2017

Really enjoyed the detail of how lives were lived and movements of the time. Thanks.

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lilypad_1
Feb 07, 2017

Due to the title I expected this book to be about the Hamiltons relationship but so much more was included(the whole Revolutionary War and more) that it was TMI. Their relationship was very interesting and unique and enjoyed how much they really loved each other and overcame many many obstacles and intimate struggles. Women in that time period had to made the cloth for their clothes, grow the crops for their food, bring income into the household and have a baby practically every year. Hamilton was gone for long periods of time so she also had to defend the homestead not know if he was alive or dead or when he would be returning and if they had money to run the household.
The politics during and after the Revolutionary War and setting up the government should be required reading for all of us. One, to remind us of what a hard fight our United States government has been; two, how amazing these people were to set up our government with checks and balances and the Treasury Department which we all take for granted and; three that politics have always dirty and crooked and somehow we still have a country of which we all are proud.

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