Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

From his less than auspicious start in 1755 on the Caribbean Island of Nevis to his untimely death in a duel with his old enemy Aaron Burr in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, despite his short life, left a huge legacy.

Orphaned at thirteen and apprenticed in a counting house, Hamilton learned principles of business that helped him create the American financial system and invent the modern corporation. But first the staunch, intrepid Hamilton served in the American Revolution, acting as General Washington’s spymaster. Forging a successful legal career, Hamilton coauthored the Federalist Papers and plunged into politics. Irresistibly attractive, he was a man of many gifts, but he could be arrogant and at times a poor judge of character.

In this meticulously researched, illuminating, and lively account, Willard Sterne Randall explores Hamilton’s life—his illegitimate birth, little-known military activities, political and diplomatic intrigues, and scandalous affairs—and its indelible impact on modern America.

Title:Alexander Hamilton
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060954666
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    Alexander Hamilton Reviews

  • Chris

    There are quite a few single-volume bios of Hamilton out there, including financial historian Ron Chernow's acclaimed recent work. That one sits on my bookshelf and on my to-read list--but I started w...

  • Steven Z.

    If one wonders why a biography of Alexander Hamilton did not stir Lin-Manuel Miranda to write his Broadway musical before Ron Chernow’s bestselling work all you have to do is look at Willard Sterne ...

  • Jason

    This is another Hamilton book I read this year and it's a decent compliment to Chernow's biography of Hamilton (the one the musical is based on). This one doesn't have as many of Chernow's literary st...

  • Marsinay

    Ultimately an uneven treatment: the first part of Hamilton’s life (up through the Revolutionary War) is rendered in detail but the latter part (including the Constitutional Convention, The Federalis...

  • Daryl

    Very well written and made excellent use of new materials. THE most interesting parts were the interaction with Washington and the founders of the rebellion and country....

  • Michelle Hauck

    This book did a good job with Hamilton's early life and his career during the revolution. It skimped on his life after serving as Secretary of the Treasury and his death. ...

  • Gary Sedivy

    This is an impressive look into one of the founders of our nation. Hamilton's work ethic, his intelligence, his dedication to this country is astounding. I am continuously overwhelmed at the depth and...

  • Lauren Albert

    Leans towards the hagiographic. If Hamilton and Washington disagreed, Hamilton was always right...If Washington presented a good idea, it might well have come from Hamilton. It seems at times that his...

  • Mark

    The books lacks a sense of prioritization. There were some interesting aspects to Hamilton's life included in the book, but much of it was devoted to detailing unimportant events. Not only that, but t...

  • Peter

    A great man, arguably the greatest American economist, but his self-absorbed nature was ultimately his undoing. Fascinating reading, a bit dry in some places but overall a well written biography....