Alexander Hamilton

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A New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton! Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, 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. "Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow" -The New York Times Book Review Ron Chernow's new biography, Grant, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.

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Ron Chernow is the prize-winning author of six books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the Broadway musical. His new biography, Grant, will be published in October 2017. Chernow lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 832
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2005
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-303475-9
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 23,3/15,3/5 cm
Gewicht 1009 g
Verkaufsrang 3.237
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Als großer Fan des Musicals Hamilton wollte ich unbedingt auch das Buch lesen auf dem es basiert. Das Buch ist schön gestaltete. Die Kapitel haben eine angenehme Länge und haben alle zwei bis vier Seiten noch Absätze, was es gut zu lesen macht. Allerdings kam das Buch doch etwas... Als großer Fan des Musicals Hamilton wollte ich unbedingt auch das Buch lesen auf dem es basiert. Das Buch ist schön gestaltete. Die Kapitel haben eine angenehme Länge und haben alle zwei bis vier Seiten noch Absätze, was es gut zu lesen macht. Allerdings kam das Buch doch etwas ramponiert bei mir an, weshalb ich nur drei Sterne vergeben kann.