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Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America, Book 1

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Succinct, kid-friendly bio of America's trendiest founder.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Average book about Hamilton!

I read this book in 3 days and I thought it was decent enough. It did not really tackle heavy themes but it did cover most of Hamilton's life. I let my 10 year old son read this and he thought it was badly written. I do not agree!
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Informative and exciting, this dynamic story flies by in a flash, much like the titular hero. The writing in Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America is uniformly strong, peppered with solid sections of historical context, suitable introductions to basic political theories, and bits and pieces of quotes from primary sources. While the biography seems well-researched and provides citations in the endnotes, it would be nice if writers of history for younger readers weren't so shy about showing the work that went into reconstructing the record. Seeing the origins and details of where historical conclusions are drawn from is what makes the evidence reliable and relatable. That being said, the book dovetails nicely with the way American history is taught in elementary and middle school, and Alexander Hamilton is one of the most important actors in that drama.

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