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Alexander Hamilton (Reprint) (Paperback) by Ron Chernow

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About the Book



The renowned author of "Titan," whom the "New York Times" has called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades," vividly recreates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamilton's turbulent life.



Book Synopsis



The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

Grand-scale biography at its best--thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written . . . A genuinely great book. --David McCullough

"A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all. --Joseph Ellis


Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow's biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. "To repudiate his legacy," Chernow writes, "is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world." Chernow here recounts Hamilton's turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America's birth as the triumph of Jefferson's democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we've encountered before--from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton's famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

Chernow's biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America's birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.


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. . . [N]obody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow . . . --The New York Times Book Review

. . . [A] biography commensurate with Hamilton's character, as well as the full, complex context of his unflaggingly active life.... This is a fine work that captures Hamilton's life with judiciousness and verve. --Publishers Weekly

A splendid life of an enlightened reactionary and forgotten Founding Father. Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer's art. --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all. --Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

A brilliant historian has done it again! The thoroughness and integrity of Ron Chernow's research shines forth on every page of his Alexander Hamilton. He has created a vivid and compelling portrait of a remarkable man--and at the same time he has made a monumental contribution to our understanding of the beginnings of the American Republic." --Robert A. Caro, author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most brilliant men of his brilliant time, and one of the most fascinating figures in all of American history. His rocketing life-story is utterly amazing. His importance to the founding of the new nation, and thus to the whole course of American history, can hardly be overstated. And so Ron Chernow's new Hamilton could not be more welcome. This is grand-scale biography at its best--thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written. It clears away more than a few shop-worn misconceptions about Hamilton, gives credit where credit is due, and is both clear-eyed and understanding about its very human subject. Its numerous portraits of the complex, often conflicting cast of characters are deft and telling. The whole life and times are here in a genuinely great book. --David McCullough, author of John Adams



About The Author



Ron Chernow is the prizewinning author of seven books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award; Washington: A Life won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; and Alexander Hamilton--the inspiration for the Broadway musical--won the George Washington Book Prize. His other books include The Warburgs, The Death of the Banker, Titan, and Grant. A past president of PEN America, Chernow has been the recipient of eight honorary doctorates. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x 1.8 Inches (D)
Weight: 2.2 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 818
Genre: History, Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Political, Presidents + Heads of State, Historical, United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Format: Paperback
Author: Ron Chernow
Language: English
Street Date: March 29, 2005
TCIN: 11443350
UPC: 9780143034759
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-5684
Origin: Made in the USA
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4.9 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Good read- bad binding

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
mrsvoineag - 2 years ago
Great book! Only issue was the cover tore incredibly easily. Not from wear and tear- I simply opened the book and held it open long enough to read a single chapter.
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Alexander Hamilton

5 out of 5 stars
Tanya linkon - 3 years ago
I love the book but the musical is kind of better.▶️
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starlight umma - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
it's huge book but it's worth it if you love the musical
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