A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Full of facts about the Revolutionary War era and the early days of the United States. A ton of great information and explanations of important concepts like the Articles of Confederation, the Triangle Trade between Europe, Africa, and the colonies, and the war of words between Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
Hard work, dedication, and education can help you overcome any odds.
Positive Role Models
While Hamilton's brilliance and devotion to his country are admirable, the fact that he died in a duel and encouraged his son to do the same show that he had his flaws as well.
Violence & Scariness
There are in-depth accounts of multiple "pistols at dawn" duels in the book, as well as some brief descriptions of Revolutionary War scenes, though no gruesome details.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Who Was Alexander Hamilton? is a fact-filled overview of the life and times of one of the towering figures of the American Revolution and the early United States government. Written in simple, straightforward, kid-friendly language, the biography actually has a ton of great information and explanations of important concepts like the Articles of Confederation, the Triangle Trade between Europe, Africa, and the colonies, and the war of words between Federalists and Anti-Federalists. This is part of the popular multi-book Who Was series.
Is It Any Good?
Educational but exciting, the book is perfect as an accompaniment to the Broadway show or as a supplement to colonial or Revolutionary history. The writing is clear and concise, making a complicated story accessible and understandable for readers of all ages. Fantastic hand-drawn illustrations by Dede Putra set the scene and make the text come alive, transporting readers back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The biography sticks to a pretty familiar story about the Founding Fathers and their historical importance, which does leave some of the larger questions unaddressed (liberty and justice for whom?), but as an introduction to the era and its larger-than-life characters, Who Was Alexander Hamilton? excels.
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