Alexander Hamilton By Ron Chernow
Alexander Hamilton is a 2004 biography of American statesman Alexander Hamilton, written by historian and biographer Ron Chernow.
Few figures in American historical past have been extra hotly debated or extra grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography provides Hamilton his due and units the file straight, deftly illustrating that the political and financial greatness of as we speak’s America is the results of Hamilton’s numerous sacrifices to champion concepts that have been typically wildly disputed throughout his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in some ways, to repudiate the trendy world.” Chernow right here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he got here out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to turn out to be George Washington’s aide-de-camp within the Continental Military, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Financial institution of New York, main the Federalist Occasion, and changing into the primary Treasury Secretary of the US.Historians have lengthy informed the story of America’s delivery because the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic beliefs over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents a completely totally different man, whose legendary ambitions have been motivated not merely by self-interest however by passionate patriotism and a cussed will to construct the foundations of American prosperity and energy. His is a Hamilton way more human than we’ve encountered earlier than—from his disgrace about his delivery to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood pals to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his extremely public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal spouse Eliza. And by no means earlier than has there been a extra vivid account of Hamilton’s well-known and mysterious demise in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.
Chernow’s biography isn’t just a portrait of Hamilton, however the story of America’s delivery seen by means of its most central determine. At a vital time to look again to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the aim of our establishments and our heritage as Individuals.