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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

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The #1 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.

"Grand-scale biography at its best—thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written . . . A genuinely great book." —David McCullough

“A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all." —Joseph Ellis

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.


"...[N]obody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow..." -The New York Times Book Review

"...[A] biography commensurate with Hamilton's character, as well as the full, complex context of his unflaggingly active life.... This is a fine work that captures Hamilton's life with judiciousness and verve." -Publishers Weekly

"A splendid life of an enlightened reactionary and forgotten Founding Father. Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer's art."-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all." -Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

"A brilliant historian has done it again! The thoroughness and integrity of Ron Chernow's research shines forth on every page of his Alexander Hamilton. He has created a vivid and compelling portrait of a remarkable man-and at the same time he has made a monumental contribution to our understanding of the beginnings of the American Republic." -Robert A. Caro, author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson

"Alexander Hamilton was one of the most brilliant men of his brilliant time, and one of the most fascinating figures in all of American history. His rocketing life-story is utterly amazing. His importance to the founding of the new nation, and thus to the whole course of American history, can hardly be overstated. And so Ron Chernow's new Hamilton could not be more welcome. This is grand-scale biography at its best-thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written. It clears away more than a few shop-worn misconceptions about Hamilton, gives credit where credit is due, and is both clear-eyed and understanding about its very human subject. Its numerous portraits of the complex, often conflicting cast of characters are deft and telling. The whole life and times are here in a genuinely great book." -David McCullough, author of John Adams


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 990 g
Verkaufsrang 13520


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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 ramponiert bei mir an, weshalb ich nur drei Sterne... 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.

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  • On the night of April 18, 1775, 800 British troops marched out of Boston to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock and seize a stockpile of patriot munitions in Concord, Massachusetts. As they passed Lexington, they encountered a motley battalion of militia farmers known as Minutemen, and in the ensuing exchange of gunfire the British killed 8 colonists and then 2 more in Concord. As the redcoats retreated helter-skelter to Boston, they were riddled by sniper fire that erupted from behind hedges, stone walls, and fences, leaving a bloody trail of 273 British casualties versus 95 dead or wounded for the patriots.

    The news reached New York within four days and a mood of insurrection promptly overtook the city. People gathered at taverns and street corners to ponder events while Tories quaked. The newly emboldened Sons of Liberty streamed down to the East River docks, pilfered ships bound for British troops in Boston, then emptied the city hall arsenal of its muskets, bayonets, and cartridge boxes, grabbing a thousand weapons in all.

    Armed with this cache, volunteer militia companies sprang up overnight. However much the British might deride these ragtag citizen-soldiers, they conducted their business seriously. Inflamed by the astonishing news from Massachusetts, Alexander Hamilton, then a student at King's College (later Columbia University), was that singular intellectual who picked up a musket as fast as a pen. Nicholas Fish recalled that "immediately after the Battle of Lexington, Hamilton attached himself to one of the uniform companies of militia then forming for the defence of the country by the patriotic young men of this city under the command of Captain Fleming." Fish and Robert Troup, both classmates of Hamilton, were among the earnest cadre of King's College volunteers who drilled before classes each morning in the churchyard of nearby St. Paul's Chapel. The fledgling volunteer company was named the Hearts of Oak. The young recruits marched briskly past tombstones with the motto of "Liberty or Death" stitched across their round leather caps. On short, snug green jackets they also sported, for good measure, red tin hearts that announced "God and our Right."

    Hamilton approached this daily routine with the same perfectionist ardor that he exhibited in his studies. Troup stressed the "military spirit" infused into Hamilton and noted that he was "constant in his attendance and very ambitious of improvement." Never one to fumble an opportunity, Hamilton embarked on a comprehensive military education. With his absorbent mind, he mastered infantry drills, pored over volumes on military tactics and learned the rudiments of gunnery and pyrotechnics from a veteran bombardier. There was a particular doggedness about this young man, as if he were already in training for something far beyond lowly infantry duty.

    On April 24, a huge throng of patriots massed in front of city hall. While radicals grew giddy with excitement, many terrified Tory merchants began to book passage for England. The next day, an anonymous handbill blamed Myles Cooper, the Tory president of King's College, and four other "obnoxious gentlemen" for patriotic deaths in Massachusetts and said the moment had passed for symbolic gestures. "The injury you have done to your country cannot admit of reparation," these five loyalists were warned. "Fly for your lives or anticipate your doom by becoming your own executioners." A defiant Myles Cooper stuck to his post.

    After a demonstration on the night of May 10, hundreds of protesters, armed with clubs and heated by a heady brew of political rhetoric and strong drink, descended on King's College, ready to inflict rough justice on Myles Cooper. Hercules Mulligan recalled that Cooper "was a Tory and an obnoxious man and the mob went to the college with the intention of tarring and feathering him or riding him upon a rail." Nicholas Ogden, a King's alumnus, saw the angry mob swar
  • Author's Note

    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
    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

    Epilogue: Eliza

    Selected Books, Pamphlets, and Dissertations
    Selected Articles