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Ron Chernow creates the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades. He shares the story of a man who faced all challenges in order to create and inspire newborn America. 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.”
Of all the founding figures in American history, Alexander has been the most hotly debated and grossly misunderstood. Chernow’s biography sets the information straight in creating a picture of how Hamilton had countless sacrifices in order to make political, financial, and economic changes to achieve the greatness that America is today.
Chernow shares the early life of Hamilton from an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, taking America by storm and rising to George Washington’s side in the Continental Army, founding the Bank of New York, and becoming the Treasury Secretary of the United States.
It has been a longstanding view that America’s birth had been the triumph of Jefferson, but Chernow creates a whole new perspective from a man whose great vision was motivated not merely by self-interest but by a passion for patriotism and a stubborn will to create the foundations of American greatness.
The biography by Chernow illustrates a more humanistic view of Hamilton—from his birth, intimate relationships, and feuds to his publicized affair to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. Never before had there been a more poignant and vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804.
Not only does the book provide a portrait of Hamilton and his life, but the story of the birth of America around the lives of its most central figures. Alexander Hamilton’s life reminds the readers of the purpose and vision behind the American heritage.
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