Friday, September 2, 2016

Review of Instaread Infographic of the book "Alexander Hamilton," by Ron Chernow

Review of

Instaread Infographic of the book Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow

Four out of five stars

 This is the first such book published by Instaread that I have reviewed. The infographic form reminds the reader of a children’s book, which may be the intent. Each page has a short segment of text at the bottom with a simple image above it. The coloration is fairly bland and the shapes are minimalist in nature. For example, images of people are included, but their faces have no details and their hands are angled polygons.
 The textual content in this case is a brief lesson in the history of Alexander Hamilton, one of the giants in the founding of the United States. One of the most significant facts the reader encounters is how young Hamilton was when he accomplished so many of his achievements. He was a military leader at 19 and was 32 when he attended the Constitutional Convention.
 Hamilton was the chief advocate for a strong central government, serving as George Washington’s Secretary of the Treasury when he was 34. Hamilton was clearly a talented man and fortunately for the country, George Washington was willing to exploit that talent in the proper ways.
 Although the appearance is that of a book for children, the terminology used is not that of a children’s book. Words like “monarchical,” “entanglements” and “vindication” are too advanced for a book for children.
 While the history is correct and well packed into a small package, I am uncertain as to the purpose and market. The publishers have created a book that looks like one for children, yet contains content more suited for adults. 

This book was made available for free for review purposes

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