Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow is a great book!
The author brings to life a forefather who left a more lasting legacy on American history than some of the men who attained the Presidency. The young Hamilton experienced a brutal childhood as an orphan in the West Indies, yet his inherent brilliance enabled him to become aide de camp to the great General George Washington, a battlefield hero, the primary author of the Federalist Papers, the catalyst for the two party political system, and the first Secretary of the Treasury. As the architect of our financial system, Hamilton’s skill enabled our fledgling country to survive and prosper. Author Chernow masterfully writes the story of Alexander Hamilton as an entertaining and well-documented 700 plus page saga. Our forefathers were astonishing men, men of their times, and Ron Chernow tells us that Hamilton was one of them.