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Head of Zeus
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
 Great Lives

You've seen the show, you've sung the songs, now read the full story of America's most misunderstood founding father.

'I was swept up by the story. I thought it 'out-Dickens' Dickens in the unlikeliness of this man's rise from his humble beginnings in Nevis in the Caribbean, to changing, helping shape our young nation. And it's uniquely an immigrant story and it's uniquely a story about writers ... It's an amazing biography' LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.

Few figures in American history are more controversial than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. He charts his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and Burr; his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds; his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza; and the notorious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804.

Head of Zeus * Biography
01 Aug 2016 * 832pp * £2.99 * 9781786690012
REVIEWS
'A mammoth work of research that charted the course of Hamilton's dazzling career and the dark controversies that accompanied it'
Guardian
'A magnificent biography'
Spectator
'An elegantly written, richly detailed account of Hamilton's tempestuous life'
The Times
'Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow'
New York Times Book Review.
'Chernow charts his way through Hamilton's hectic life, and the tumultuous times in which he lived, with aplomb'
Military History Monthly
'That biography is incredible. It out-Dickenses Charles Dickens'
Lin-Manuel Miranda
'A brilliant recreation of the society and culture of the time: thoughtful and playful, moving and powerful'
Michael Gove
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Author

Ron Chernow

Ron Chernow
Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Washington: A Life. Alexander Hamilton and Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr were both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography. Chernow lives in New York.
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