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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

PM Bookclub
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Date(s): October 21, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM  EST - 10:00 PM  EST
The Vale Club's 2020/2021 year will be the 34th year of Vale Evening Book Club.  We will be holding our meetings at 7:30 p.m. via Vale Club’s newly-minted Zoom subscription. Any member may join the meeting using the link under the “Location” section of the Book Club Sign-Up-Genius page.  You will need a computer equipped with a microphone and camera, or a tablet such as the Ipad or Kindle Fire. To sign up for any Vale Book Club discussion visit our Sign-Up-Genius page.You can also see a list of books that will be up for discussion in coming months.
 
The Oct meeting will be held on Oct 21st, discussing: “The Weight of Ink” by award-winning novelist Rachel Kadish. In this historical epic, Kadish links the lives of two women born centuries apart through the discovery of a long lost manuscript

All are welcome to attend any of our monthly meetings. We get together on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. with a break in December. Our titles are chosen based on member suggestions, and we have quite a varied slate: fiction and non-fiction, classic and current, bios, science, social science, history, mystery, travel.

Please email Liz Nguyen at lizwin25@yahoo.com to receive Vale Evening Book Club updates and reminders during the coming year.


 

Building on biographies by Richard Brookhiser and Willard Sterne Randall, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton provides what may be the most comprehensive modern examination of the often overlooked Founding Father. From the start, Chernow argues that Hamilton’s premature death at age 49 left his record to be reinterpreted and even re-written by his more long-lived enemies, among them: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. Hamilton’s achievements as first Secretary of the Treasury, co-author of The Federalist Papers, and member of the Constitutional Convention were clouded after his death by strident claims that he was an arrogant, self-serving monarchist. Chernow delves into the almost 22,000 pages of letters, manuscripts, and articles that make up Hamilton’s legacy to reveal a man with a sophisticated intellect, a romantic spirit, and a late-blooming religiosity - See more at: http://www.thriftbooks.com/w/alexander-hamilton_ron-chernow/248552/?mkwid=s8qQFOqyY|dc&pcrid=82708320552&pkw=_cat:memoirs&pmt=b&plc=&gclid=CKOZg_mb-sgCFZGRHwodTLIMaw#isbn=1594200092
Overview

Building on biographies by Richard Brookhiser and Willard Sterne Randall, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton provides what may be the most comprehensive modern examination of the often overlooked Founding Father. From the start, Chernow argues that Hamilton’s premature death at age 49 left his record to be reinterpreted and even re-written by his more long-lived enemies, among them: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. Hamilton’s achievements as first Secretary of the Treasury, co-author of The Federalist Papers, and member of the Constitutional Convention were clouded after his death by strident claims that he was an arrogant, self-serving monarchist. Chernow delves into the almost 22,000 pages of letters, manuscripts, and articles that make up Hamilton’s legacy to reveal a man with a sophisticated intellect, a romantic spirit, and a late-blooming religiosity. One fault of the book, is that Chernow is so convinced of Hamilton’s excellence that his narrative sometimes becomes hagiographic. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chernow’s account of the infamous duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804. He describes Hamilton’s final hours as pious, while Burr, Jefferson, and Adams achieve an almost cartoonish villainy at the news of Hamilton’s passing. A defender of the union against New England secession and an opponent of slavery, Hamilton has a special appeal to modern sensibilities. Chernow argues that in contrast to Jefferson and Washington’s now outmoded agrarian idealism, Hamilton was "the prophet of the capitalist revolution" and the true forebear of modern America. In his Prologue, he writes: "In all probability, Alexander Hamilton is the foremost figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and more lasting impact than many who did." With Alexander Hamilton, this impact can now be more widely appreciated. --Patrick O'Kelley

- See more at: http://www.thriftbooks.com/w/alexander-hamilton_ron-chernow/248552/?mkwid=s8qQFOqyY|dc&pcrid=82708320552&pkw=_cat:memoirs&pmt=b&plc=&gclid=CKOZg_mb-sgCFZGRHwodTLIMaw#isbn=1594200092
Overview

Building on biographies by Richard Brookhiser and Willard Sterne Randall, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton provides what may be the most comprehensive modern examination of the often overlooked Founding Father. From the start, Chernow argues that Hamilton’s premature death at age 49 left his record to be reinterpreted and even re-written by his more long-lived enemies, among them: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. Hamilton’s achievements as first Secretary of the Treasury, co-author of The Federalist Papers, and member of the Constitutional Convention were clouded after his death by strident claims that he was an arrogant, self-serving monarchist. Chernow delves into the almost 22,000 pages of letters, manuscripts, and articles that make up Hamilton’s legacy to reveal a man with a sophisticated intellect, a romantic spirit, and a late-blooming religiosity. One fault of the book, is that Chernow is so convinced of Hamilton’s excellence that his narrative sometimes becomes hagiographic. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chernow’s account of the infamous duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804. He describes Hamilton’s final hours as pious, while Burr, Jefferson, and Adams achieve an almost cartoonish villainy at the news of Hamilton’s passing. A defender of the union against New England secession and an opponent of slavery, Hamilton has a special appeal to modern sensibilities. Chernow argues that in contrast to Jefferson and Washington’s now outmoded agrarian idealism, Hamilton was "the prophet of the capitalist revolution" and the true forebear of modern America. In his Prologue, he writes: "In all probability, Alexander Hamilton is the foremost figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and more lasting impact than many who did." With Alexander Hamilton, this impact can now be more widely appreciated. --Patrick O'Kelley

- See more at: http://www.thriftbooks.com/w/alexander-hamilton_ron-chernow/248552/?mkwid=s8qQFOqyY|dc&pcrid=82708320552&pkw=_cat:memoirs&pmt=b&plc=&gclid=CKOZg_mb-sgCFZGRHwodTLIMaw#isbn=1594200092
Overview

Building on biographies by Richard Brookhiser and Willard Sterne Randall, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton provides what may be the most comprehensive modern examination of the often overlooked Founding Father. From the start, Chernow argues that Hamilton’s premature death at age 49 left his record to be reinterpreted and even re-written by his more long-lived enemies, among them: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. Hamilton’s achievements as first Secretary of the Treasury, co-author of The Federalist Papers, and member of the Constitutional Convention were clouded after his death by strident claims that he was an arrogant, self-serving monarchist. Chernow delves into the almost 22,000 pages of letters, manuscripts, and articles that make up Hamilton’s legacy to reveal a man with a sophisticated intellect, a romantic spirit, and a late-blooming religiosity. One fault of the book, is that Chernow is so convinced of Hamilton’s excellence that his narrative sometimes becomes hagiographic. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Chernow’s account of the infamous duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804. He describes Hamilton’s final hours as pious, while Burr, Jefferson, and Adams achieve an almost cartoonish villainy at the news of Hamilton’s passing. A defender of the union against New England secession and an opponent of slavery, Hamilton has a special appeal to modern sensibilities. Chernow argues that in contrast to Jefferson and Washington’s now outmoded agrarian idealism, Hamilton was "the prophet of the capitalist revolution" and the true forebear of modern America. In his Prologue, he writes: "In all probability, Alexander Hamilton is the foremost figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and more lasting impact than many who did." With Alexander Hamilton, this impact can now be more widely appreciated. --Patrick O'Kelley

- See more at: http://www.thriftbooks.com/w/alexander-hamilton_ron-chernow/248552/?mkwid=s8qQFOqyY|dc&pcrid=82708320552&pkw=_cat:memoirs&pmt=b&plc=&gclid=CKOZg_mb-sgCFZGRHwodTLIMaw#isbn=1594200092

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