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In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner 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 "a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all."

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.

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

Review:

"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 Review)

Review:

"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

Review:

"This is grand-scale biography at its best — thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written....The whole life and times are here in a genuinely great book." David McCullough, author of John Adams

Review:

"[T]here is no Hamilton monument in Washington, but at least we now have Ron Chernow's moving and masterly Alexander Hamilton, which is by far the best biography ever written about the man." David Brooks, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"If Alexander Hamilton reflects its subject's far from charismatic nature, it also provides a serious, far-reaching measure of his place in history. And Mr. Chernow has done a splendid job..." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"A first-rate life and excellent addition to the ongoing debate about Hamilton's importance in the shaping of America." Library Journal

Review:

"Impressively thorough, superbly written and carefully researched biography." Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow comes a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

Synopsis:

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner 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 andldquo;a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.andrdquo;

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernowandrsquo;s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of todayandrsquo;s America is the result of Hamiltonandrsquo;s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. andldquo;To repudiate his legacy,andrdquo; Chernow writes, andldquo;is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.andrdquo; Chernow here recounts Hamiltonandrsquo;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 Washingtonandrsquo;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 Americaandrsquo;s birth as the triumph of Jeffersonandrsquo;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 weandrsquo;ve encountered beforeandmdash;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 Hamiltonandrsquo;s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

Chernowandrsquo;s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of Americaandrsquo;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.

Synopsis:

Ron Chernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called“as elegant an architect of monumental histories as w‛ve seen in decades” vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamilto‛s turbulent life¬—his exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal role in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. Drawing upon extensive, unparalleled research¬— including nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays highlighting Hamilto‛s fiery journalism as well as his revealing missives to colleagues and friends¬—this biography of the extraordinarily gifted founding father who galvanized, inspired, and scandalized the newborn nation is the work by which all others will be measured.

About the Author

An honors graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Ron Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on politics and business in America today. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award as the best non-fiction book of 1990 and is considered a modern classic. His second book, The Warburgs, won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for the best business book of 1993 and was cited by the American Library Association as one of the year's ten best works. His other books include a collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, and a biography of John D. Rockefeller, entitled Titan. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Chernow lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi
Prologue: The Oldest Revolutionary War Widow 1
The Castaways 7
Hurricane 29
The Collegian 41
The Pen and the Sword 62
The Little Lion 83
A Frenzy of Valor 107
The Lovesick Colonel 126
Glory 154
Raging Billows 167
A Grave, Silent, Strange Sort of Animal 187
Ghosts 203
August and Respectable Assembly 219
Publius 243
Putting the Machine in Motion 270
Villainous Business 291
Dr. Pangloss 310
The First Town in America 332
Of Avarice and Enterprise 344
City of the Future 362
Corrupt Squadrons 389
Exposure 409
Stabbed in the Dark 419
Citizen Genêt 431
A Disagreeable Trade 448
Seas of Blood 458
The Wicked Insurgents of the West 468
Sugar Plums and Toys 482
Spare Cassius 501
The Man in the Glass Bubble 517
Flying Too Near the Sun 526
An Instrument of Hell 546
Reign of Witches 569
Works Godly and Ungodly 580
In an Evil Hour 592
Gusts of Passion 603
In a Very Belligerent Humor 619
Deadlock 630
A World Full of Folly 640
Pamphlet Wars 657
The Price of Truth 665
A Despicable Opinion 680
Fatal Errand 695v The Melting Scene 710
Epilogue: Eliza 723
Acknowledgements 733
Notes 739
Bibliography 780
Selected Books, Pamphlets, and Dissertations 780
Selected Articles 786
Index 791

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JBW , August 4, 2012 (view all comments by JBW )
An American story so grand and powerful you'll be renewed in your faith in the American system. This book entails the grand story of individual and collective motivation and possibilities that abound in every aspect we cherish most. Chernow weaves A. Hamilton's life in that of ultimate patriot, statesman, and intellectual founding father to much of Americas most powerful tools that we enormously benefit from to this day. Hamilton's life its examined in intimate detail and is never shorthanded in this ultimate biography of him. Chernow has made an everlasting impression on me through this biography by espousing, in meticulous detail, the intellectual genius and unwavering patriotism bounding at every moment of Hamilton's life. "Alexander Hamilton" is simply the finest biographical work done on Hamilton or likely any historical documentation of Revolutionary America.
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casey935278, May 12, 2007 (view all comments by casey935278)
I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. The dramatic of the biography puts you right in his life style and where he was.
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JANKEOUGH, May 6, 2007 (view all comments by JANKEOUGH)
I've been reading many biographies of those involved in creating the US. Chernow's Alexander Hamilton is the best and certainly most compelling. Apart from the overall excellence of the presentation, I was astonished at Hamilton's drive, intellect and accomplishments. There should be a physical monument to this dedicated servant of the Revolutionary cause. And this is not igonoring his enormous and elitist ego and moral failings at all. I suppose this input is late considering the book has been out a few years but, truly, it is well-worth the time and page-turning to read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143034759
Author:
Chernow, Ron
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Statesmen -- United States.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w insert
Pages:
832
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9.24x5.97x1.71 in. 2.42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 832 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143034759 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all."
"Review" by , "This is grand-scale biography at its best — thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written....The whole life and times are here in a genuinely great book."
"Review" by , "[T]here is no Hamilton monument in Washington, but at least we now have Ron Chernow's moving and masterly Alexander Hamilton, which is by far the best biography ever written about the man."
"Review" by , "If Alexander Hamilton reflects its subject's far from charismatic nature, it also provides a serious, far-reaching measure of his place in history. And Mr. Chernow has done a splendid job..."
"Review" by , "A first-rate life and excellent addition to the ongoing debate about Hamilton's importance in the shaping of America."
"Review" by , "Impressively thorough, superbly written and carefully researched biography."
"Synopsis" by , From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow comes a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
"Synopsis" by ,

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner 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 andldquo;a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.andrdquo;

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernowandrsquo;s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of todayandrsquo;s America is the result of Hamiltonandrsquo;s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. andldquo;To repudiate his legacy,andrdquo; Chernow writes, andldquo;is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.andrdquo; Chernow here recounts Hamiltonandrsquo;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 Washingtonandrsquo;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 Americaandrsquo;s birth as the triumph of Jeffersonandrsquo;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 weandrsquo;ve encountered beforeandmdash;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 Hamiltonandrsquo;s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

Chernowandrsquo;s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of Americaandrsquo;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.

"Synopsis" by , Ron Chernow, the renowned author of Titan whom the New York Times has called“as elegant an architect of monumental histories as w‛ve seen in decades” vividly re-creates the whole sweep of Alexander Hamilto‛s turbulent life¬—his exotic, brutal upbringing; his titanic feuds with celebrated rivals; his pivotal role in defining the shape of the federal government and the American economy; his shocking illicit romances; his enlightened abolitionism; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. Drawing upon extensive, unparalleled research¬— including nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays highlighting Hamilto‛s fiery journalism as well as his revealing missives to colleagues and friends¬—this biography of the extraordinarily gifted founding father who galvanized, inspired, and scandalized the newborn nation is the work by which all others will be measured.
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