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In this monumental biography of Alexander Hamilton, Chernow recounts the public and private life of a brilliant, yet troubled, founding father, from the early tragedies of his childhood through the astounding, life-ending duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. Chernow tells how Hamilton, who came from the Caribbean to the colonies alone and virtually penniless, rose up to become successful in business and, later, was a trusted aide to General Washington. Chernow relates the private side of this loving if not totally loyal husband, who had a mistress known to all, and who feuded publicly with Thomas Jefferson over the form of government that was best for the new nation. Hamilton founded the Bank of New York as well as the New York Post newspaper. But he is perhaps remembered most for being the genius who wrote some of the best articles in the FEDERALIST PAPERS. In ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Chernow confirms why Hamilton is remembered as a great man, and why his face appears on the ten dollar bill. Selected by the New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books 2004.
Ron Chernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called Â?as elegant an architect of monumental histories as weÂ've seen in decades,Â? vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander HamiltonÂ's turbulent lifeÂ?his exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal role in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. Drawing upon extensive, unparalleled researchÂ? including nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays highlighting HamiltonÂ's fiery journalism as well as his revealing missives to colleagues and friendsÂ?this biography of the extraordinarily gifted founding father who galvanized, inspired, and scandalized the newborn nation is the work by which all others will be measured.
Number of Pages: 818
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Political, United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800), Presidents + Heads of State, Historical
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: CHERNOW, RON
Street Date: March 29, 2005
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5684
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