Alexander Hamilton by Willard Sterne Randall
A Life

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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.


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Willard Sterne Randall is the Visiting Professor of Humanities at Champlain College in Vermont and an expert on early U.S. history. He received the Sidney Hillman Prize and the National Magazine Award as an investigative reporter. His book, "Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and "A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin" and His Son won the Frank Luther Mott Prize. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his family.
Published June 18, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 516 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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“The hour was late,” he writes, “my answer brief: Jefferson for the eighteenth century, Hamilton for more modern times.” He capably defends his judgment in this well-written life of Hamilton (1755–1804), who mixed Clintonesque appetites for pleasure and policy-wonking while busily putting the new...

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The author’s elaboration on the minutiae of Hamilton’s life pushes the book to an exhausting length, and some critics, particularly Randall (author of the recent Alexander Hamilton: A Life) questioned the speculative, novelistic nature of the book.

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