By Ron Chernow
A New York Times Bestseller, and the proposal for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Chernow provides a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, encouraged, scandalized, and formed the child nation.
In the 1st full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in a long time, Ron Chernow tells the riveting tale of a guy who overcame all odds to form, encourage, and scandalize the infant the United States. in keeping with historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a strong full-length portrait, in my opinion the simplest ever written, of the main incredible, charismatic and unsafe founding father of them all.”
Few figures in American background were extra hotly debated or extra grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography supplies Hamilton his due and units the checklist instantly, deftly illustrating that the political and monetary greatness of today’s the USA is the results of Hamilton’s numerous sacrifices to champion principles that have been frequently wildly disputed in the course of his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in lots of methods, to repudiate the trendy world.” Chernow right here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent lifestyles: an illegitimate, principally self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he got here out of nowhere to take the United States by means of hurricane, emerging to turn into George Washington’s aide-de-camp within the Continental military, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the financial institution of recent York, top the Federalist celebration, and changing into the 1st Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have lengthy informed the tale of America’s beginning because the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic beliefs over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow provides a wholly assorted guy, whose mythical targets have been encouraged no longer in basic terms by means of self-interest yet via passionate patriotism and a obdurate will to construct the rules of yankee prosperity and tool. His is a Hamilton way more human than we’ve encountered before—from his disgrace approximately his delivery to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with adolescence acquaintances to his tremendous feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his hugely public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his dependable spouse Eliza. and not sooner than has there been a extra shiny account of Hamilton’s recognized and mysterious demise in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.
Chernow’s biography isn't just a portrait of Hamilton, however the tale of America’s delivery obvious via its so much critical determine. At a severe time to appear again to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the aim of our associations and our historical past as Americans.
“Nobody has captured Hamilton larger than Chernow” —The ny instances booklet Review