Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider

2 CDs. 2:23 hrs. Listening Library. Oct. 2016. $15. ISBN 9781524757571.
Gr 5 Up—This intriguing biography begins with Alexander Hamilton's birth to unwed parents in Nevis, West Indies, in 1775 and follows him through to his death in 1804 in a duel with Aaron Burr. The author includes a bevy of fascinating details that are likely to surprise many young readers, such as Hamilton's initial hesitation to join with the American Patriots in his new country, his habit of walking around talking to himself in order to better learn his lessons as a student, and his incredible achievements at a very young age. Hamilton's talents as a writer, a leader, and a passionately committed countryman are all highlighted in this audio presentation. The polished reading of Arthur Morey is engaging and only enhances the compelling text. His pacing is solid and will keep listeners hooked from beginning to end.
VERDICT Never overwhelming, this is a good resource for young historians looking for information beyond the basic facts of Alexander Hamilton's life. ["A wealth of historical events [are] brought to life by this knowledgeable author": SLJ 2/11 review of the Putnam book.]

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