Alexander Hamilton

alexander hamilton cover image Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow
Penguin Books
Paperback, 832 pages

Well, you can’t get a ticket, but you can read the book! The wildly popular Broadway musical, Hamilton, is inspired by this book. While the musical is the unlikely hip-hop inspired retelling of Hamilton’s role in our revolutionary history, the book is an equally (on its own terms) compelling biography of this enigmatic figure. He arrived on our shores from the Caribbean orphaned, penniless, and not knowing a single soul. He became the most influential of the founding fathers, or perhaps of all subsequent American leaders, to never achieve the presidency. Clearly this is the best biography ever written of the man and Chernow combines superb historiography with a moving narrative story. How it inspired a hip-hop version on Broadway is a story unto itself!