By Ron Chernow
A New York Times Bestseller, and the concept 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 infant nation.
In the 1st full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in many years, Ron Chernow tells the riveting tale of a guy who overcame all odds to form, motivate, and scandalize the baby the USA. in line with historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a powerful full-length portrait, for my part the simplest ever written, of the main significant, charismatic and unsafe founding father of them all.”
Few figures in American heritage were extra hotly debated or extra grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography supplies Hamilton his due and units the list instantly, deftly illustrating that the political and fiscal greatness of today’s the US is the results of Hamilton’s numerous sacrifices to champion principles that have been usually 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 existence: an illegitimate, principally self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he got here out of nowhere to take the US by way of typhoon, emerging to develop into George Washington’s aide-de-camp within the Continental military, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the financial institution of recent York, major the Federalist get together, and turning into the 1st Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have lengthy informed the tale of America’s start because the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic beliefs over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow offers a completely assorted guy, whose mythical targets have been influenced no longer purely via self-interest yet by way of 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 vast 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 bright account of Hamilton’s well-known and mysterious dying 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 beginning obvious via its so much valuable determine. At a serious 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 higher than Chernow” —The ny occasions publication Review
Ron Chernow's new biography, Grant, might be released via Penguin Press in October 2017.
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