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Alexander Hamilton book cover

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow
Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 p.m.: Discussion of the first 22 chapters
Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Discussion of Chapter 23 through the end

New York Times Bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow illustrates that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

Chernow 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.

This 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.

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