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From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days. Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton—Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife—in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musi From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days. Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton—Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife—in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musical Hamilton. But they don’t know her full story. A strong pioneer woman, a loving sister, a caring mother, and in her later years, a generous philanthropist, Eliza had many sides—and this fascinating biography brings her multi-faceted personality to vivid life. Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of The Wife of Alexander Hamilton follows Eliza through her early years in New York, into the ups and downs of her married life with Alexander, beyond the aftermath of his tragic murder, and finally to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days. Featuring Mazzeo’s “impeccable research and crafting” (Library Journal), and perfect for fans of the richly detailed historical books by Ron Chernow and Erik Larson, Eliza Hamilton is the captivating account of the woman behind the famous man.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days. Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton—Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife—in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musi From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children comes a comprehensive and riveting biography of the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America’s early days. Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton—Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife—in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s phenomenal musical Hamilton. But they don’t know her full story. A strong pioneer woman, a loving sister, a caring mother, and in her later years, a generous philanthropist, Eliza had many sides—and this fascinating biography brings her multi-faceted personality to vivid life. Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of The Wife of Alexander Hamilton follows Eliza through her early years in New York, into the ups and downs of her married life with Alexander, beyond the aftermath of his tragic murder, and finally to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days. Featuring Mazzeo’s “impeccable research and crafting” (Library Journal), and perfect for fans of the richly detailed historical books by Ron Chernow and Erik Larson, Eliza Hamilton is the captivating account of the woman behind the famous man.

30 review for Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Sankey

    Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the Washingtons and user of the Schuyler network, the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia and the four decades of widowhood and philanthropy. This is well-researched, but popularly formatted with references in the b Mazzeo explores the life and context of Eliza Hamilton--her family network of wealthy Dutch patroons, the American Revolution, her sketchy in-laws (Angelica and Cornelia picked creeps with whom to elope), the financial boom of the 1790s, Hamilton's status as an outsider favorite of the Washingtons and user of the Schuyler network, the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia and the four decades of widowhood and philanthropy. This is well-researched, but popularly formatted with references in the back, which makes weighing the author's interpretation of things difficult, especially an assertion that the Maria Reynolds affair was cover for financial scandal, not a sexual infidelity.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. 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 I loved this super readable biography of Eliza Hamilton. For anyone who can't get enough of the Hamilton craze, or just wants to learn more about a strong woman coming of age with America, this is a great read. 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 so much you can know about someone and how they felt. I'm glad that I was able to read a biography about Eliza Hamilton. I'd love more on the Schuyler sisters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joelle

    This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I’m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I’ve seen plenty about Eliza’s relationship with her husband and sisters, but this book gave me a much more complete picture of her life. I was fascinated by the historic figures she interacted with as well as her unique part of establishing the United States of America This was an intriguing glimpse into the lives of Eliza Hamilton and her Revolutionary peers. I’m glad that while this is a biography of Eliza there was a plethora of information about the people who influenced her life and times. I’ve seen plenty about Eliza’s relationship with her husband and sisters, but this book gave me a much more complete picture of her life. I was fascinated by the historic figures she interacted with as well as her unique part of establishing the United States of America. I highly recommend this biography to American history enthusiasts as well as fans of Hamilton. *I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. 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, Reading this was an absolute waste of time & I do not understand how the term "biography" can be attached to this. Biographical fiction? Yes. But this is not a biography. 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, with the author filling in holes with her own ideas of what Eliza would have said or done in a situation, based on what little we know of her. There aren't a lot of primary source documents authored by Eliza, so most of what the author relies on are other peoples REACTIONS to her letters & actions. Yes, you can make inferences from that, but the fact is that since we don't have letters or diaries from Eliza for the bulk of her life, most of what is written here is sappy conjecture. The theory about the Maria Reynolds scandal was also a bit over the top. (view spoiler)[The author believes the idea that there was no actual affair, and that the Reynolds Pamphlet was just a cover up for Hamilton's shady financial dealings, and that Eliza went along with the deceit to protect the male members of her family from debtors prison. (hide spoiler)] Is that theory true? Maybe. But in making this theory look better, she deliberately left out information about Maria Reynolds that other historians have included in their telling of these events: like the affidavit from the son of Maria's first land lady in Philadelphia, attesting to her wild mood swings & that she would "insinuate herself on certain high & influential characters". In his statement he also stated that the Reynolds' slept in separate beds when they moved to new lodgings, and that "gentlemen left letters in her entryway" and "at night she would fly off as supposed to answer their contents". She also fails to mention that Maria Reynolds went on to marry Jacob Clingman (before her divorce was finalized), who was a friend of James Reynolds, and was arrested with him. But none of this is ever mentioned. She gives the Hamilton Musical version of the affair, and then spends a good chunk of the book giving validation to her theory. But my biggest issue with this book is the amount of time that her post Hamilton life receives: 53 pages. She lived without him for almost 50 years. This section of her life deserves more than a pathetic 50 pages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the balls and the limited opportunities for women, you will enjoy this book. If you liked the musical, then you may be interested in this. I'm not a fan of reading most historical tales, whether fiction or non or of rea The author used research which she then fleshed out into the story of Eliza Hamilton's life. The beginning of the book was about her childhood and then about a third of the way through the book, the scandals started. If you like books about the ways of the world in those days with the balls and the limited opportunities for women, you will enjoy this book. If you liked the musical, then you may be interested in this. I'm not a fan of reading most historical tales, whether fiction or non or of reading stories set in this era. It was good for what it was and my rating is based on my interests. (I received this in a goodreads giveaway.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Denton

    It’s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it’s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask “how would this author know that?” This would be fine except for her main theory on the Reynolds Pamphlet. This argument is poorly made and relies solely on interpreting Eliza’s behavior instead of attempting to make an a It’s a quick read but you quickly tell that the author makes up for the lack of source material on Eliza by filling in the blanks herself. While it’s nice to have the perspective of Eliza and what was going on at home for Alexander there are many times where the read has to ask “how would this author know that?” This would be fine except for her main theory on the Reynolds Pamphlet. This argument is poorly made and relies solely on interpreting Eliza’s behavior instead of attempting to make an argument based on the texts. It’s then treated as undisputed fact for the rest of the book, to great annoyance.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Unputdownable! I had so much fun reading this biography. The author is one of those writers who makes everything so fascinating you're constantly going to back and forth to Google to learn even more about some cool thing you just read in the book. I have to look up what else Tilar Mazzeo has written.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I've been so curious about Eliza's story and this is an amazing biography of her.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    I have stayed somewhat clear of the mania around Alexander Hamilton these last few years, but I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I just happen to be in possession of tickets for "Hamilton" in Chicago for next month, so it was time... 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 I have stayed somewhat clear of the mania around Alexander Hamilton these last few years, but I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I just happen to be in possession of tickets for "Hamilton" in Chicago for next month, so it was time... 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 chapters had been thrown together too quickly. Hopefully this will be resolved before the first edition hits the stands. There is much about Mazzeo's book to like. She obviously has delved into all the sources she could find, particularly in regards to the Maria Reynolds scandal. Her portrayal of the Schuyler sisters felt especially dynamic; I really got to know these girls, as well as the rest of the family. I would have liked more on Alexander's background (I realize that Eliza is the focus of this book, but we got almost nothing on Alexander before he met his wife). I had no idea that Eliza lived more than half her life AFTER Alexander's death in that famous duel with Aaron Burr. I was impressed to learn of her charitable works and the tenacious way she fought to have her husband's legacy preserved. 3.5 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Bookish

    "Best of wives and best of women." 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 "Best of wives and best of women." 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 letters she exchanged with Alexander and others. All in all, some speculation, within reason, can certainly be forgiven in the service of crafting a fleshed-out image of a woman so long lost to history.  Perhaps the most intriguing part of the biography is Mazzeo's treatment of the Maria Reynolds incident, wherein she questions the commonly accepted version of events, made famous once again by the musical Hamilton. The affair is often treated as fact, but Alexander and Eliza's contemporaries were far from in agreement as to the truth of the matter. Was Alexander simply a cheating husband or was the whole affair a cleverly crafted ruse to cover up the illegal financial activities of which he was suspected at the time? Mazzeo argues for the latter. I won't go into detail, as the book will surely handle the material more elegantly than I could here, but one interesting question raised is this: If Alexander had love letters from Mrs. Reynolds to substantiate the affair, as he claimed he did, why would he not produce them? He printed transcriptions of the supposed letters in his pamphlets on the matter, but refused to produce the original documents. Mrs. Reynolds, who vehemently denied the affair, was willing to submit to a handwriting comparison in an attempt to clear her name. Alexander refused. This is just one piece of the puzzle which leads Mazzeo to conclude that Alexander's real crimes were financial, not romantic.  If I had to name a weakness in this book it would be this: Alexander looms quite large in Mazzeo's recounting of Eliza's life. Yes, he was her husband, but Eliza lived to a ripe old age and had half of her life ahead of her at the time of his death, years which were filled with joy, sadness, and endless public works. Eliza was so much more than Alexander's wife.  However, her accomplishments are by no means completely ignored. The book goes into detail about Eliza's involvement in founding New York's first private orphanage, as well as her involvement in public education. Children were Eliza's passion, particularly orphans, a focus likely sparked by Alexander's humble origins. Mazzeo paints a portrait of a strong and compassionate woman.  This is a beautiful and well-researched piece of work which shines a well-deserved spotlight on one of US history's most interesting women. The flowing prose makes this an excellent read for fans of biographies as well as historical fiction, and, of course, fans of Hamilton. 

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This was an enjoyable glimpse into the life of Eliza Hamilton. If you are a fan of the musical Hamilton and want to know more about the life of the woman who married Alexander Hamilton then you will be interested in reading this book. This book is a straight-forward and well-written biography of the woman who finally gets her story told. Even though the book goes through her entire life, the majority of this biography is written about her time being married to Alexander Hamilton. Eliza was born This was an enjoyable glimpse into the life of Eliza Hamilton. If you are a fan of the musical Hamilton and want to know more about the life of the woman who married Alexander Hamilton then you will be interested in reading this book. This book is a straight-forward and well-written biography of the woman who finally gets her story told. Even though the book goes through her entire life, the majority of this biography is written about her time being married to Alexander Hamilton. Eliza was born in 1757 to a prominent family in New York. The Schuyler sisters were envied and wanted by many men to improve their status. The dynamics of the sisters and the Schuyler family is pretty interesting in and of itself. Her relationship with her sister Angelica is one of my favorite aspects of her story. They were the upper class of this new country and were held in such regard. The women knew their roles and played them accordingly. War was a constant in young Eliza's life and she was easily drawn to the enigmatic Colonel Hamilton. Alexander had said that Eliza was the, "best of wives, best of women" and you can see that while reading this book. She appears to have been a quiet woman who loved her husband more than anything. Mazzeo shows that Eliza was loyal to her husband and followed the examples of wives of royalty before her. Which makes sense as he was an intricate part of the building of our nation and she wanted the focus on him and not on her, as was typical for women during that time and prior. I'm not sure how I feel about the whole Maria Reynolds/financial misconduct aspect that Mazzeo claims in her book. I just feel that Alexander would have had more money when he passed if he was truly doing something untoward financially. It's a new perspective and I give her credit for showing a different possibility to the whole situation. I also wanted a little bit more of her time after Alexander passed away. She lived such a long and productive life after his death. She was truly non-stop in her own way. Sadly, Eliza didn't leave us much from her point of view as she was not a writer and she burned most of her letters to Alexander. It would be amazing had she kept at least a few so we could really understand her love affair with him better. Which is why I found it interesting that Mazzeo would say that Eliza "felt" or "believed" throughout the book so much. I applaud Mazzeo for her research on Eliza's story. You can tell that she takes great care to give a voice to Eliza Hamilton. The women of that time period were amazing and steadfast. This is an excellent read and I highly recommend it for those who want to know more about American history and the women who tried to make a difference. Yes, Eliza was quiet, but she was no less important than others of that time and accomplished and did many things in her life. *I received an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and this is my honest review.*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irina

    Let me start by saying that biographies are not my go to genre. I happen to win this ARC in a giveaway and was curious about the wife of A. Hamilton. We always hear and read about the men, but the wives of these men rarely share the spotlight. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, I can't say enough good things about it. The written style is fluid, it was a pleasure to read. The author (Tilar Mazzeo) is able to capture the gist of everyday life for Eliza without burdening the reader with m Let me start by saying that biographies are not my go to genre. I happen to win this ARC in a giveaway and was curious about the wife of A. Hamilton. We always hear and read about the men, but the wives of these men rarely share the spotlight. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, I can't say enough good things about it. The written style is fluid, it was a pleasure to read. The author (Tilar Mazzeo) is able to capture the gist of everyday life for Eliza without burdening the reader with mundane details. Some chapters are very detailed and we spend a lot of time focusing on certain periods of Eliza's life and towards the end it becomes a bit more scarce. I would like to make one small suggestion that may "enhance" the reading experience once the final book is published is to include, if available, photos of Eliza's residences throughout life. I found the family tree in the beginning extremely helpful and found myself repeatedly checking the connection as new people were introduced. A visual reference of her homes may be nice and we can envision Eliza sitting in the parlor with her embroidery. I definitely recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has no way of knowing. For example, saying that Eliza blushed. Really? How did she know that? I think the author took a lot of leeway. Also, the theory the author raises around the Maria Reynolds scandal is interesting This is a hard one to rate, simply because I almost feel like it should be under historical fiction rather than Biography. I know there are not a lot of source materials from Eliza herself, but I did not like how the author would infer or state things about Eliza that she actually has no way of knowing. For example, saying that Eliza blushed. Really? How did she know that? I think the author took a lot of leeway. Also, the theory the author raises around the Maria Reynolds scandal is interesting and she does have some good arguments for why it could have happened the way she states. But I feel like it was a little too one-sided and maybe the author ignored or did not explore other historical documents that back up the traditional story. She was too focused on making her point to address other historical facts that may not have validated her theory. Also, Eliza lived for 50 years after the death of Alexander. But the author does not spend much time on those 50 years. It is almost as if Eliza's life only mattered while she was married to Alexander.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Macnair

    This is an easy to digest, well written biography that bring to light the story of someone whom most people who saw the musical Hamilton instantly liked. That being said, some of the sourcing is a bit dodgy as many conclusions had to be made based on only one side of the conversation as Eliza most likely did not write letters often (of those she did write, she burned many) and did not keep a diary. That doesn't mean its necessarily incorrect, but the author makes some choices to portray events a This is an easy to digest, well written biography that bring to light the story of someone whom most people who saw the musical Hamilton instantly liked. That being said, some of the sourcing is a bit dodgy as many conclusions had to be made based on only one side of the conversation as Eliza most likely did not write letters often (of those she did write, she burned many) and did not keep a diary. That doesn't mean its necessarily incorrect, but the author makes some choices to portray events as fact when it is really conjecture. The most prominent of these being Alexander Hamilton's affair. The author posits that the affair never occurred, but was just a cover story so that he wouldn't be prosecuted on insider trading. It is fair to question and have this as a theory, but it is far from established fact with most modern historians believing that he did, in fact have the affair. Other than that, the book holds up well and brings much of Eliza Hamilton's life to the forefront of history while otherwise it wouldn't have been told.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Overall a really good book. The writing is easy and the pace is good. This book is clearly written to follow the success of the musical. Not that this is bad, but Eliza did a lot and yet, most of the book focuses on her time with Hamilton. She lived 55 years after he died, yet that’s less than a third of the book. I felt sometimes events were rushed or toned down to give space to other events. Additionally I felt that historical events didn’t always get m I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Overall a really good book. The writing is easy and the pace is good. This book is clearly written to follow the success of the musical. Not that this is bad, but Eliza did a lot and yet, most of the book focuses on her time with Hamilton. She lived 55 years after he died, yet that’s less than a third of the book. I felt sometimes events were rushed or toned down to give space to other events. Additionally I felt that historical events didn’t always get mentioned. The focus was more on the people, which is fine but I’d like to have been able to follow Eliza a bit more with the historical events surrounding her. One a side note: The author does a lot of Eliza “felt”, “believe”, etc and without the footnotes (this early copy does not have them yet) I couldn’t tell whether it was more of what the author knew or believed. Although I had some issues I did learn a lot, and I liked the book. 3.5 stars rounded to 4.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raine

    This is a beautiful book, well written and has been really researched! 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 This is a beautiful book, well written and has been really researched! 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 it would have been amazing as well as very scary, and incredibly hard living in this time as a woman! This book is well written, full of information not only on the main character Eliza but also what was going on in what we now call America. I look forward to reading more of Mazzeo's books. Keep up the great work!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wolfgang

    Fascinating read. Mazzeo has a much different take on the Maria Reynolds affair than does Chernow. Frustratingly confusing that the Schuylers and their extended family name their progeny with about only three first names per gender. There are a few places that could use some editing (Peggy’s husband is always “the patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer”, the year of Philip Hamilton’s death in the very helpful and necessary family tree in the beginning is incorrect), but I learned a great deal. Reads lik Fascinating read. Mazzeo has a much different take on the Maria Reynolds affair than does Chernow. Frustratingly confusing that the Schuylers and their extended family name their progeny with about only three first names per gender. There are a few places that could use some editing (Peggy’s husband is always “the patroon Stephen Van Rensselaer”, the year of Philip Hamilton’s death in the very helpful and necessary family tree in the beginning is incorrect), but I learned a great deal. Reads like a novel (though there are some 40 pages of notes to document) and shows what an extraordinary person Eliza Hamilton was in her own right.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stu Wilson

    This is a very well put together book, easy to read, with great information about the family of Eliza and of course her life with Alexander Hamilton. I enjoyed the back story of the Scuyler family as much as the Hamilton connection because this was new information for me and painted a picture of colonial life and times for another leading family of America that gets little attention. I would definitely recommend the book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tehila

    This is a well-researched and well-written biography of a fascinating woman. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in strong women, U.S. history, &/or just having a really good read in their hands. 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bertha

    I'm not a big history buff but this book peaked my interest when I entered the contest to win a copy of this book. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    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!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dede1948

    I have read several books on Alexander, but none where the focus was on Eliza. The facts are there, but I found it hard to picture the scenes in my mind, not enough descriptive words. I will have to read another book on Eliza and compare notes. The story of Alexander’s infidelity is puzzling, when you compare it to Alexander’s biographies.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I was given this book by NetGalley for an honest review. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This was a very quick, and easily readable biography in that it read more like a novel in parts than nonfiction. I appreciate Mazzeo writing this long overdue first full-length biography of Eliza Hamilton and overall found it satisfactory. Oddly enough, the fact that it often read more like a novel was a bit of a detractor for me because it didn't always feel like it was written by an historian.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    * My wife raced through this in just a couple days. Alexander Hamilton is all the rage these days, so it's pleasant to see some attention paid to his wife's full story. A true hero too. * I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Book Seller GV

    A revolutionary new look at the woman behind one of our favorite founding fathers. Mazzeo's detailed and emotional examination of Eliza gives insight to a woman too often marginalized by her husband's long shadow. A must read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre and this book was my favorite from that genre! Loved the writing and the way the author makes the reader feel as though they are really there! If you love historical fiction, this book should be at the top of your TBR list!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lois Sittu

    The biography of Eliza Hamilton tells about the remarkable life of the wife of Alexander Hamilton. You will come away with an immense respect for this woman not only for the love and support she gave her husband but for the hardships she endured as a young mother and widow.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Korom

    Quite an informative and enjoyable reading experience

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre so this book was a joy to read and absorb. I won a copy of this book on GoodReads.

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