Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Eliza Hamilton

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 pi...

Details Eliza Hamilton

TitleEliza Hamilton
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreBiography, History, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Eliza Hamilton

  • 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 ma...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Jen M
    "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 ...
  • 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 be...
  • 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. Additional...
  • 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 chall...
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Sandy Korom
    Quite an informative and enjoyable reading experience
  • 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.
  • David V.
    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 7-5-18. Finished 7-12-18. First biography of Alexander Hamilton's wife Eliza. Well-researched(about 40 pages of notes), well-written. Tells the other side of the story including Hamilton's insider trading while head of the National Bank which benefited him, friends and relatives. Amazing how many members of their immediate and extended family died very young due to illnesses like yellow fever, typhus...
  • Rose
    Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo is an extensive biography of an extraordinary woman. It doesn't cover just her life with Alexander Hamilton, but her life before and her work after. I was surprised and impressed. I learned a lot about a woman I knew little about. I would recommend this to any history fan. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.