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Alexander Hamilton - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0143034759

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ISBN13: 978-0143034759
ISBN10: 0143034758
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Published: 2004
International: No

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Alexander Hamilton - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0143034759

Ron Chernow

ISBN13: 978-0143034759
ISBN10: 0143034758
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue. The Oldest Revolutionary War Widow
One. The Castaways
Two. Hurricane
Three. The Collegian
Four. The Pen and the Sword
Five. The Little Lion
Six. A Frenzy of Valor
Seven. The Lovesick Colonel
Eight. Glory
Nine. Raging Billows
Ten. A Grave, Silent, Strange Sort of Animal
Eleven. Ghosts
Twelve. August and Respectable Assembly
Thirteen. Publius
Fourteen. Putting the Machine in Motion
Fifteen. Villainous Business
Sixteen. Dr. Pangloss
Seventeen. The First Town in America
Eighteen. Of Avarice and Enterprise
Nineteen. City of the Future
Twenty. Corrupt Squadrons
Twenty-One. Exposure
Twenty-Two. Stabbed in the Dark
Twenty-Three. Citizen Genet
Twenty-Four. A Disagreeable Trade
Twenty-Five. Seas of Blood
Twenty-Six. The Wicked Insurgents of the West
Twenty-Seven. Sugar Plums and Toys
Twenty-Eight. Spare Cassius
Twenty-Nine. The Man in the Glass Bubble
Thirty. Flying Too Near the Sun
Thirty-One. An Instrument of Hell
Thirty-Two. Reign of Witches
Thirty-Three. Works Godly and Ungodly
Thirty-Four. In an Evil Hour
Thirty-Five. Gusts of Passion
Thirty-Six. In a Very Belligerent Humor
Thirty-Seven. Deadlock
Thirty-Eight. A World Full of Folly
Thirty-Nine. Pamphlet Wars
Forty. The Price of Truth
Forty-One. A Despicable Opinion
Forty-Two. Fatal Errand
Forty-Three. The Melting Scene

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