The award-winning, smash Broadway hit, Hamilton: An American Musical, continues to captivate sold-out audiences and has sparked unprecedented interest in its historical protagonist.
In Hamilton: An American Biography, Tony Williams provides readers with a concise biography that traces the events and values that enabled Hamilton to rise from his youth as a dispossessed orphan to Revolutionary War hero and Founding Father, a life uniquely shaped by America and who, in turn, contributed to the creation of the American regime of liberty and self-government. He was one of key leaders in the American Revolution, a chief architect of America's constitutional order of self-government, and the key figure in Washington's administration creating the institutions that governed America. Williams expertly weaves together biography with historical events to place Hamilton as one of the most important founding fathers.
For readers just discovering Hamilton for the first time or those with an insatiable appetite for books on the Founders and the American Founding, Hamilton: An American Biography will shed new light on this American icon now experiencing a remarkable second act.
Tony Williams is the author or coauthor of five books of colonial and Revolutionary history including Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America (with Stephen Knott); The Jamestown Experiment: The Remarkable Story of the Enterprising Colony and the Unexpected Results that Shaped America; America's Beginnings: The Dramatic Events that Shaped a Nation's Character; The Pox and the Covenant: Franklin, Mather, and the Epidemic that Changed America's Destiny; Hurricane of Independence: The Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution. He resides in Williamsburg, VA.
Introduction Chapter 1: The Rise from Obscurity Chapter 2: The Education of a Patriot Chapter 3: The Crossing Chapter 4: Washington's Aide Chapter 5: Reflections and Frustrations Chapter 6: Betrayal and Heroism Chapter 7: Alexander Hamilton & the Newburgh Conspiracy Chapter 8: Hamilton & the Principle of Justice in the 1780s Chapter 9: Hamilton & and National Union in the 1780s Chapter 10: The Constitutional Convention Chapter 11: Leading the Charge for Ratification Chapter 12: Secretary of the Treasury Chapter 13: Establishing the Public Credit Chapter 14: The National Bank Chapter 15: America Divided Chapter 16: The Genet Affair Chapter 17: Suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion Chapter 18: Retirements Chapter 19: Quasi-War with France (and the Democratic-Republicans) Chapter 20: The Election of 1800 and the Retreat from Politics Chapter 21: The Duel Epilogue Chronology Bibliographic Essay