Alexander Hamilton

By Ron Chernow
The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

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.

Ron Chernow's new biography, Grant, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.


NEWS & OPINION: Strategy and Business' Best Business Books of 2004

Posted December 20, 2004, 6:45 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I know I am a little late on getting the Strategy and Business list posted, but here is a summary of the list with the books and the links to the articles. The first book under each heading s+b's top shelf pick for that subject: Strategy Confronting Reality by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan The Future of Competition by C. K. Read more

NEWS & OPINION:'s Business Books Of The Year [2004]

Posted December 17, 2004, 7:38 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Forbes. com has posted a list of their favorite books for 2004. They have a snappy slideshow with reviews of each of the titles. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Fast Company's Best of 2004

Posted December 17, 2004, 7:11 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Fast Company published a best of list on their blog last Friday. This I'll list them back to you in the same Letterman-style that David Lidsky did. 11. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Business Week Chooses Their Top for 2004

Posted December 13, 2004, 6:14 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Today, Businessweek published their top 10 business book of 2004. Their list includes: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz The Future of Competition by C. K. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Worthwhile Business Books

Posted December 7, 2004, 3:04 PM with category of Marketing & Sales
I picked up a copy of the new Worthwhile magazine. Multiple bloggers (Curt and Halley) associated with the magazine report that sales are very good on the permiere issue . My personal effort to get a copy required calls to three bookstores in the Milwaukee area. Read more


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