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The Conqueror, Being the True and Romantic Story of Alexander Hamilton
By Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Admirers of Alexander Hamilton will find much to enjoy in this fictionalized biography of his life. He is perhaps both the most underappreciated and greatest of our nation's founding fathers, and Ms. Atherton does not hesitate to offer her opinion on this truth in her novel.
The story begins long before Hamilton's birth with a telling of the lives of his parents. It follows his early life and subsequent rise to power and renown, and it ends with a depiction of the widespread public mourning of his death. While private conversations, thoughts and emotions are attributed to Hamilton and others, a reader already acquainted with the life of Hamilton will observe that this fictionalized biographical account is consistent with actual known events and historical facts.
While Ms. Atherton's novel is well researched and grounded in documented events, it does take the liberty of introducing a little mystery - a theme apparently of her own creation - a questionable relationship between Hamilton and a mysterious Mrs. Elizabeth Capet Croix (AKA Eliza Bowen Jumel, an actual person of Hamilton's time), who Ms. Atherton surmises to have ties to Jacobites, Jeffersonian Democrats and an intrigue with Aaron Burr, leading to the infamous duel and death of Hamilton.
J A Barry