Title: The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton: 7 Steps to Revolutionary Leadership from Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers
Author: Gordon Leidner
Genre: Nonfiction – leadership, history, self-help, biography
Number of Pages: 144
Through the stories of five different Founding Fathers, Leidner illustrates seven keys of leadership that will lead to success.
The Leadership Secrets of Hamilton is short. You could read the entire thing in a single day.
The material is good, but simple. It includes a little bit of history and a little bit of biography along with captivating vignettes. The historical facts are interesting but basic.
The name of the publisher says it all; “Simple Truths” is what this book contains—interesting, but not profound.
This book was obviously intended to capitalize on the hype surrounding the musical play, Hamilton. The title is misleading, though. The subtitle is more accurate. This book is not just about Alexander Hamilton, but about five different Founding Fathers.
Also the word “secret” has somehow come to mean something other than the dictionary definition, for this book contains no secrets of leadership, nothing previously unknown or hidden, but instead simple advice taken from the examples of historical figures.
One thing that stood out was the design of the book. It’s appealing. The coloring of the pages is reminiscent of old paper. Some pages have a printed background that looks like the texture of muslin cloth. Every so often, a quote by a Founding Father is set apart in large print on its own page, and the quotes are excellent.
In summary, Leadership Secrets is well organized and easy to understand. I recommend this book for a quick motivating read.
I recommend this to:
- Readers short on time.
• “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy…in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” – John Adams
• “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” – Thomas Paine.
•”The better any man is, the lower thoughts he has of himself.” – James Madison
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