Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton
Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton—Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife—in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musi ...more
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My one caveat is that it's told in such a wonderfully readable style (it's not dry at all), that I was a little uncomfortable with the author authoritatively saying what Eliza's reactions to events, etc were. I wish there was more source material from Eliza herself. However, there's just s ...more
The way the author wrote this was incredibly frustrating, starting with the first sentence on the first page: "Eliza blushed. It was a beautiful letter." After reading the first page, I actually checked to make sure this was a biography and not another fictional account of her life. The rest of the book continued this way, ...more
I'm not a fan of reading most historical tales, whether fiction or non or of rea ...more
I recognize that the book I read is an advanced reader's copy, but it seems to me a fair amount of editing still needs to be done. I found countless mistakes, errors in the genealogical chart at the front of the book, and got a sense that the last chap ...more
This was an immensely readable biography. Mazzeo's writing style creates the immersive reading experience of a good novel. While this at times requires her to take certain liberties and to speculate (the book opens, for example, with Eliza blushing in response to a letter she received from Alexander Hamilton), she does seem to draw from what is known as much as possible. Eliza's thoughts and feelings, while not always documented, can often be inferred from lett ...more
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I appreciate the fact that Mazzeo also includes her footnotes at the end of the book! I will be interested to look through her research and learn more about the Hamilton's as well as others living during this time.
I love to read about history but at times it can be a bit dry and hard to get through. Mazzeo keeps the reader engrossed in the book with not only Eliza's life challenges but also those in her inner circle. I'm sure ...more
The only reason it took me so long to finish is that in the interim I’d received a double stack of library books (including two written by Ms Mazzeo) that I needed to finish before their due dates.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.
I found the book well researched and the story flowed from the first page. The one thing I didn't like was that two thirds of the book was devoted to Eliza and Alexander. The other third of the was about the approximately 55 years she lived after his death.
This book would be a good read for those who love history or even those who are into the "Hamilton" craze.
I am not a fan of biographies, but this was incredible. It read like a novel. I learned so much about our founding fathers, but in a fun interesting way! The author was descriptive without boring the reader. The writing was easy and flowed quickly. All the characters were true to their own diaries, documents, and biographies.
I recommend this to anyone interested in history!
I chose this book because I had read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and was intrigued by Eliza’s story. I really enjoyed Mazzeo’s style of story telling combined with facts. The book was well-researched and organized well.
Fans of nonfiction will enjoy this well written book and will be left feeling proud of this strong woman from our history.
(from the author's website)