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Jess (gingeryarnco) | 616 comments Mod
A 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.

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.



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Wigs (wigsnatcher) | 556 comments Mod
I wanna do it!!! But I think I'd rather buy a physical copy than an ebook. When it comes to the big stuff I like visual proof of how much I have left to go lol.


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Ellen (historyofsloths) | 8 comments I think I'll pick up where I left off instead of starting over again, but hopefully I can get through this before the end of the month.


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Aodhan Young (ishouldreadmore) | 1 comments Hi I started at the end of last month... I just got to Washington as president!


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Wigs (wigsnatcher) | 556 comments Mod
How do you like it so far???


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Jess (gingeryarnco) | 616 comments Mod
I am thinking that we might give this book two months. What do you all think?


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Wigs (wigsnatcher) | 556 comments Mod
Fine with me! I have no idea when I'll get it started lol


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Jess (gingeryarnco) | 616 comments Mod
Wigs wrote: "Fine with me! I have no idea when I'll get it started lol"

I have 9 people ahead of me in the library digital queue. I might see if I can find a deal on it so I don't have to wait forever.


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Casey (casey-h) | 51 comments WOAH- I'm 143 on my library's digital queue and 52 for the physical book. Purchasing might be the way.


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Labhaoise Seoighe | 6 comments I'm so excited to start this book hopefully it will arrive tomorrow


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Idris Grey (idrisgrey) | 57 comments Mod
Ack, I didn't realize there were two discussions. I'm going to have to buy this in physical. I'm the worst at reading massive tomes on e-book.


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Jess (gingeryarnco) | 616 comments Mod
No pressure to do both or either. Sometimes I don't get around to them for months. We extended the time on this one since it is tough to get ahold of and it is so long


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Labhaoise Seoighe | 6 comments my copy arrived today


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Andi (nautiluscapt) | 12 comments I started to read this back in Oct, but now that I got some books out of the way I'm picking this up again. I remember enjoying it back when I started and I found that has not changed. I love the way this is written.

Currently at the point in the book where he meets Eliza. :)


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Wigs (wigsnatcher) | 556 comments Mod
Okay I just bought the physical on Amazon, it'll be here later this week :)


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Mia (mia-culpa) | 67 comments The last 25% of the book is references so reading it on an e-reader was very frustrating, because I didn't feel like I was getting as far I actually was.


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