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Hamilton's Choice

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I will be honest, while written very well, it was very hard for me to get into this book. Great character development but I felt that it honestly dragged a little. I love history but I haven't really gotten into the story of Hamilton.
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Most of what I know about Alexander Hamilton came from Lin Manuel Miranda's musical and high school history class. I enjoyed learning more, though I'm always really curious about which parts of the book are fact and which are fiction. I have other Hamilton reading material, so I will sort through that on my own. I liked the setup of this book- with sections about Philip Hamilton, Aaron Burr, The Governor's Race and The Duel. I'm definitely more curious about learning more about all of these people.
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Special thanks to NetGalley for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review

Gahh I hate to do this, but it's a DNF for me. The writing is stilted and it's more of a tell instead of show sort of deal. It's a choppy jump form scene to scene without the proper flow I expect from any story, and it's just not something I can force myself to read even though I love anything having to do with Hamilton's history
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Hamilton Choice is a book about Alexander Hamilton and  Aaron Burr.  I've read several books about Hamilton and Burr and enjoyed them all.  This book starts years before Hamilton looses a son to a duel. Hamilton enjoys his work as a lawyer and his family.  His wife has provided him with many children and it’s clear he loves them dearly. He and Aaron Burr are old friends.  He helped Burr financially several times so he was blindsided when Burr calls him out for speaking less than favorably at a dinner party that took place months before.

What it all comes down to is that Burr is furious that he lost a chance to be the governor of New York and Hamilton was instrumental in keeping Burr from that office. Burr simply wants revenge but he isn’t prepared for what happened when asks Hamilton for a public apology and Hamilton won’t give in.  They arrange a duel and I think everyone knows how that turned out.

I liked this book very much but I do have a minor complaint. The author often used words and phrases that did not exist during that time period but this is a small thing.  The author has a talent for making you feel like you were having dinner with Hamilton or an argument with Burr and the epilogue was heartbreaking even though centuries have passed and the characters are long dead.
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This is going to be a DNF for me. I found the writing to be choppy and the dialogue to be underdeveloped. I just wasn’t grabbed by the story
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This is the first book I’ve read through NetGalley and what a great start. After seeing the Hamilton musical, I’ve been pretty interested in this era of history so when I saw this was available I jumped on it! Great to read more about Hamilton during the time when he loses his son and how this effects his political career. A must read for anyone who enjoys Hamilton or American history!
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This book has a nice flow to it.  While I tend to skim many books, this one was an enjoyable read and one I will share.  The characters were well developed and you were brought into their story and cared about the outcome.
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Thank you NetGalley, Diamonds Big as Radishes and Jack Casey for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review.
Alexander Hamilton. Aaron Burr. Politics. Family. Triumphs. Failures. Duel. 
I read this compelling historical novel in a weekend. Jack Casey dives into the dimensions, lives and minds of Hamilton, Burr politically and personally. The characters are well developed and identifiable. There  is a richness and intimacy that Casey shares with the reader that allows one to become a part of the story. The relationship of Hamilton and his son brims with love but will suffer from guilt and unimaginable pain. Eliza Hamilton shines as wife and mother, cherishing her spouse, his keen intellect and his genius. The antics of the rascally Aaron Burr are illustrated beautifully. Jack Casey has authored an historical gem and I cannot praise it enough. It is a perfect read and highly recommended.
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As a Hamilton lover, this book just adds to the great books on the Founding Father. Very easy to read and historically accurate for the most part. It makes it feel like we are living A.Ham’s life as we read. The anguish of Eliza after Phillip and Alexander die is enough to break anyone’s heart.
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