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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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A"New York Times"Bestseller, andthe 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 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. Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow "The New York Times Book Review" "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143034759
ISBN-10: 0143034758
Format: Paperback / softback
(231mm x 150mm x 46mm)
Pages: 818
Imprint: Penguin USA
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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House of Morgan by Ron Chernow House of Morgan, Paperback / softback (January 2010)

Acclaimed by "The Wall Street Journal" as "brilliantly researched and written", this National Book Award-winner tells the rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned. of photos.

Titan by Ron Chernow Titan, Paperback (September 2004)

The author draws on Rockefeller's own papers to provide a biography of the legendary oilman, capitalist, and philanthropist.

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Author Biography - Ron Chernow

RON CHERNOW is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of five previous books. His first, "The House of Morgan," won the National Book Award. His two most recent books, "Alexander Hamilton" and "Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.," were both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography. "Washington: A Life "received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Chernow lives in Brooklyn, New York."

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