Willard Sterne Randall - Alexander Hamilton (A Life) (2nd Hand Hardback)
Set against a background of political conspiracy and sexual scandal, Willard Sterne Randall's engaging, authoritative biography brings to life Alexander Hamilton, the illegitimate son of a Scots merchant, who became a dashing Revolutionary soldier and outmaneuvered scores of better-born staff to become George Washington's principal aide, speechwriter, and legal adviser.
Less than six years after the American Revolution, Hamilton pulled the infant nation to its feet, galvanizing it into a profitable, fast-growing commercial and military power that was independent of Europe. A ruthless and very successful New York businessman, he became the first secretary of the treasury and created the first federal bank. The American corporation was his brainchild, the stock market his legacy.
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 co-authored 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.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : Very Good (But with previous owners name on fly page)
- Category : Non-Fiction - USA
- Published : 2003 (Harper Collins USA - Stated First Edition)
- ISBN : 9780060195496
- SKU : B002071
- PPC : SP550gm
- RRP : $32.50 (Unclipped)
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Very well written and made excellent use of new materials. The most interesting parts were the interaction with Washington and the founders of the rebellion and country." - Goodreads Review.
Willard Sterne Randall is an American historian and author who specializes in biographies related to the American colonial period and the American Revolution. He teaches American history at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.