Alexander Hamilton: A Life

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Harper Collins, Jul 6, 2010 - History - 512 pages

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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A revealing but measured biography of the younger Founding Father, who, to the horror of libertarians ever since, "[drew] up a blueprint for a relationship between government and money."Who was right ... Read full review


FOUR I Wish There Was a War
FIVE A Wandering Guest in Worlds Unknown
SIX Americans Are Entitled to Freedom
SEVEN Men Go to Those Who Pay Them
EIGHT We Shall Beat Them Soundly
NINE A System of Infidelity
TEN Treason of the Blackest Dye
TWELVE The Art of Fleecing Neighbors
THIRTEEN Acquisition of Power and Profit
FOURTEEN What May This Lead To?
FIFTEEN The Compass of National Authority
SIXTEEN A Host unto Himself

ELEVEN Then We Must Part

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Willard Sterne Randall is the prize-winning author of thirteen books, including Ethan Allen: His Life and Times; A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin at War with His Son; Thomas Jefferson: A Life; George Washington: A Life; and Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor. A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, he is a professor of history at Champlain College and lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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