hamFounding Father and noted over-achiever Alexander Hamilton is having a moment. A couple of centuries too late perhaps, but the guy is finally getting his due. Much of the resurgence of Hamilton is the result of the epic biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – which is an absolutely wonderful read.

Mr. Chernow provides us with the complete picture of the man who created the foundation that helped the United States become the world economic leader we are today. More than that (and the duel that cost his life, the former and latter being two of the three things most Americans may be able to recall about Hamilton – along with the fact he is on the 10 dollar bill) this book provides a complete picture of the man from his youth in the Caribbean to the shadow of George Washington, which provides the context for a largely under told story of our nation’s early years.

About Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow: “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.”

It is Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow which led to the creation of the current blockbuster show on Broadway, Hamilton. The play’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired by Hamiliton’s life as present in Mr. Chernow’s book and created the musical, in the hip-hop style that he says is the perfect medium to tell the story. From all accounts he is right, Hamilton is the biggest hit on Broadway in years – but it all started with this great book.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.