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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

The riveting life of Alexander Hamilton, an illegitimate, largely 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 have been more hotly debated than Alexander Hamilton. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic greatness 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 famous and mysterious duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death in July 1804.

The book was adapted into a hugely successful Broadway musical – nominated for a record 16 Tony awards – which opens in London's West End in September 2017.

Head of Zeus * Biography
06 Oct 2016 * 832pp * £16.99 * 9781786690029
'This handsome new edition [is] an elegantly written, richly detailed account of Hamilton's tempestuous life'
The Times
This acclaimed biography which inspired an award-winning musical, salvages the reputation of a Founding Father of the US... a mammoth work of research that charted the course of Hamilton's dazzling career and the dark controversies that accompanied it'
Chernow's magnificent biography of Hamilton is out now... and has gained fame for inspiring a musical'
The Spectator
'Gripping history, now turned into a hip-hop musical'
Michael Gove in The Times: Our favourite reads of 2016
'Impressively thorough, superbly written and carefully researched'
Wall Street Journal
'A must-read. Ron Chernow’s masterpiece'
USA Today
'By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer's art'
Kirkus Reviews
'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.

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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