Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Summary

The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the 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.

"Grand-scale biography at its best—thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written...A genuinely great book." —David McCullough

“A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all." - Joseph Ellis

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.

Book Reviews

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Oop5 star

Lol I’m asking my mom if I can get this rn but she’s mad soooo I’m sad55


More to learn about Hamilton5 star

This is a great biography about Alexander Hamilton. I knew that the musical was based on this biography. But I expected Aaron Burr to be as charming as out as Leslie Odom junior. Still all in all a wonderful biography where I learned much more about Alexander Hamilton.55


Great reading5 star

A detailed biography of one of America’s greatest founders who died too young. Enjoyable reading.55


I never read a book better then this!5 star

Hello, I love this book I cannot just read one chapter! There is so much more I want to tell you all but ‘read’ for yourself get it read! Also just read the book so you can find cool stuff about Alexander Hamilton!55


Great!5 star

I have read his books on Washington, Grant and now Hamilton. ....On to Rockefeller55

trebor j

Liberal history2 star

This book was a very hard book to put down. Hamilton was a very interesting and very important man and politician in are history. He had more accomplished before thirty then most people in their life time. I read up to chapter 25 and stopped. This is a very left leaning activist author and very anti conservative. History should be non bias. Research this author before you buy.25


Amazing5 star

A great amazing book, I recommend the broadway as well55


Fascinating5 star

What a tremendous read... Hamilton should be on Rushmore too.55


To put it simply... Wow!5 star

This book is absolutely amazing! I’ve been a tad...Okay TOTALLY obsessed with the musical lately, and I can say without a doubt, I can tell why Lin-Manuel Miranda based “Hamilton” off of this book.55


I WANT IT5 star

I haven't read this book but I WANT IT.55

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