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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Code: 190412


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A 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. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is Òa robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.Ó Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. ChernowÕs biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of todayÕs America is the result of HamiltonÕs countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. ÒTo repudiate his legacy,Ó Chernow writes, Òis, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.Ó Chernow here recounts HamiltonÕs 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 WashingtonÕs 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 AmericaÕs birth as the triumph of JeffersonÕs 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 weÕve encountered beforeÑfrom 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 HamiltonÕs famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804. ChernowÕs biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of AmericaÕs 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. ÒNobody has captured Hamilton better than ChernowÓ ÑThe New York Times Book Review
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