Alexander Hamilton tells the riveting story of one of America’s most prominent and controversial Founding Fathers, from his humble beginnings on the Caribbean island of Nevis to his role in creating the United States government. Raised by a single mother, Hamilton was orphaned at a young age and later became a penniless refugee. He taught himself mathematics and language, becoming one with the American Revolution as he fought for independence from British rule. After being appointed Washington’s aide-de-camp, Hamilton served as treasury secretary under George Washington and John Adams before finally becoming chief architect of our financial system. Brilliant, passionate, charismatic—and often impetuous—Hamilton was fiercely opposed by Jeffersonians who believed he sought to create an aristocracy based on wealth and privilege. An intensely human figure whose life intersects with some of history’s most important moments, Alexander Hamilton is an extraordinary biography that illuminates Constitutional debates that still reverberate today.
For who is this book for ?
Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton is for readers who want to learn about American history and the life of one of its most important Founding Fathers. The book dives into Hamilton’s early childhood, his education, his role in the Revolutionary War, and his work as treasury secretary. It also discusses the feud between him and Thomas Jefferson that led to the creation of two different political parties.
- Ron Chernow is a world-renowned and award-winning biographer.
- This book gives an in depth look at the life of Alexander Hamilton.
- The story is riveting, making it difficult to put down.
- It is not a light read
- It could be dry for people who are not interested in American history
- There is a lot of information
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Ron Chernow is the prize-winning author of six books and the recipient of two National Book Awards, five Tony nominations, and the George Washington Prize. He lives in New York City. Praise For… “Ron Chernow has written one of the great biographies of.
“Hamilton was one of our most important Founding Fathers, and this biography does him justice. Ron Chernow’s account is thorough and well researched, providing a fascinating look at Hamilton’s life and his role in American history.”
“I cannot recommend this enough. If you’re at all interested in American history, or politics, or just a damn good read, pick up this book.”
“Ron Chernow deftly tells the story of how America’s first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton, moved from his humble birth on a Caribbean island to become one of our most influential Founders. With insight and verve, Chernow brings readers into the debates that shaped our nation.”
“Superb…a splendid life of our most brilliant, complicated and compelling founder.”