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Read the story of the Founding Father who inspired the smash Broadway musical. Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. Af Read the story of the Founding Father who inspired the smash Broadway musical. Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. After the war, he became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He founded the Bank of New York and The New York Post newspaper. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and is also celebrated as a co-author of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays that are still used today to interpret the U.S. Constitution. The end of his life became a national scandal when he was shot and killed in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.

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Read the story of the Founding Father who inspired the smash Broadway musical. Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. Af Read the story of the Founding Father who inspired the smash Broadway musical. Born in the British West Indies and orphaned as a child, Alexander Hamilton made his way to the American Colonies and studied to become a lawyer. He joined a local militia during the American Revolution, rose to the rank of Major General, and became the chief aide to General George Washington. After the war, he became the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He founded the Bank of New York and The New York Post newspaper. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and is also celebrated as a co-author of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays that are still used today to interpret the U.S. Constitution. The end of his life became a national scandal when he was shot and killed in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr.

30 review for Who Was Alexander Hamilton?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am the Al-ex-an-d-er...Not going to throw away/my shot! Ok, oh my goodness. I read this because of the musical, and the whole time I was reading this the songs were running in the background through my head. Makes for entertaining reading I have to say.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    4.25 The perfect read for anyone who wants a solid general history of Hamilton without having to read a thousand page biography. There are obviously some holes, but students will really enjoy. Hamilton's life journey from family deprived immigrant to one of the most important figures in U.S. Hisotry has the potential to be inspirational for readers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "The enormous influence of Alexander Hamilton is still felt today. We continue to rely on the banking system that he established. . . . . . The Federalist Papers, Alexander's brilliant framework for how the US government should be run, is still quoted by our Supreme Court justices." What a remarkable framer of our constitution, military leader, trusted confidante, friend and father. It's rather remarkable that an orphaned young man, raised in the West Indies, could leave such a legacy! His tragic "The enormous influence of Alexander Hamilton is still felt today. We continue to rely on the banking system that he established. . . . . . The Federalist Papers, Alexander's brilliant framework for how the US government should be run, is still quoted by our Supreme Court justices." What a remarkable framer of our constitution, military leader, trusted confidante, friend and father. It's rather remarkable that an orphaned young man, raised in the West Indies, could leave such a legacy! His tragic ending shocked our young America and resonates among historians, until this day.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Excellent book about Alexander Hamilton’s life for young readers. I highly recommend it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Smith

    Good, short outline of Alexander Hamilton's life and why he was important to the founding of the United States.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    This book was a very interesting read. Until now, I was not curious about Hamilton's life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Getting ready for Hamilton, which I am seeing in London in a month with Walker.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    As a descendent of Aaron Burr, I must say I would much rather be descended from Alexander Hamilton. Burr is most famous for his shooting Hamilton in a duel, BUT this VP under Thomas Jefferson, did other despicable things, as this book admits. Hamilton, on the other hand, led a very admirable life. Orphaned, destitute, and miles from the American Colonies on the small British island, Nevis, he achieved success despite all these set backs in life. Born to unwed parents was such a disgrace, he was As a descendent of Aaron Burr, I must say I would much rather be descended from Alexander Hamilton. Burr is most famous for his shooting Hamilton in a duel, BUT this VP under Thomas Jefferson, did other despicable things, as this book admits. Hamilton, on the other hand, led a very admirable life. Orphaned, destitute, and miles from the American Colonies on the small British island, Nevis, he achieved success despite all these set backs in life. Born to unwed parents was such a disgrace, he was not allowed to attend school, and was tutored at home till his mother died when he was 12. Dad had left the family the prior year, and Alex was taken in by a rich merchant, who noted his mathematical prowess and by age 14 he was left in charge of the shipping business. In 1772 a terrible hurricane hit and Alex wrote a dramatic description that was published in the local paper. It impressed so many islanders that they took up a collection to send this poor orphaned young man to the colonies where he could be educated in a prestigious college. He married well, earned his law degree and had eight children. He became a dedicated patriot and later a war hero before becoming Secretary of Treasury. He lost his oldest child Phillip, 19, to a duel, and the next year, Alexander lost his own life the same way. Both father and son lost their lives defending their "honor", when they had been disrespected for trying to right wrongs. Alexander had discovered Aaron Burr siphoning money off a fund he had to bring New Yorkers fresh water, and other dishonest endeavors. Quarrels and name calling over whether to have a national federal banking system brought tempers to a high pitch...and thus the rest is history.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CathyAyn

    I listened to the audiobook in one afternoon. I was looking for a book on Hamilton for my sons, 9 and 13, to read with the idea they could better understand the music and meaning of the Broadway show and hopefully go see it. I initially chose another book called The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr because it recounts the stories of both main characters (of the show). Reading that however proved to be challenging. It read like a long middle school book report. My 9 y I listened to the audiobook in one afternoon. I was looking for a book on Hamilton for my sons, 9 and 13, to read with the idea they could better understand the music and meaning of the Broadway show and hopefully go see it. I initially chose another book called The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr because it recounts the stories of both main characters (of the show). Reading that however proved to be challenging. It read like a long middle school book report. My 9 year-old quit after the first chapter. My 13 year-old made it about halfway through, very reluctantly. So, I sought out another book and landed on this one. It listed lots of facts too, somewhat like a report, but overall I did find it more likable. In all fairness though , I LISTENED to this book, so it could be the effect of the upbeat narration. There was a decent bit of information on Aaron Burr in this book also. Overall, this is a good primer on Hamilton aimed at a young audience but just as appropriate for an adult who might want the skinny before seeing the big show!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    This summer I checked out Chernow's Alexander Hamilton from the ICPL. The book was Lin-Manuel Miranda's inspiration for his musical Hamilton. I looked at that book for the entire checkout period and was so intimidated I didn't even open it. And while everyone is going crazy over Hamilton, I am showing my lack of history once again and admitting I know nothing about him. I still don't know a lot, but this Who Was Alexander Hamilton book, geared towards 3rd-6th graders, gave me a simple foundation This summer I checked out Chernow's Alexander Hamilton from the ICPL. The book was Lin-Manuel Miranda's inspiration for his musical Hamilton. I looked at that book for the entire checkout period and was so intimidated I didn't even open it. And while everyone is going crazy over Hamilton, I am showing my lack of history once again and admitting I know nothing about him. I still don't know a lot, but this Who Was Alexander Hamilton book, geared towards 3rd-6th graders, gave me a simple foundation onto which I can (hopefully) read more. Kids really do seem to like these Who Was... books. They remind me a little bit of the Value Tales from the 70s and 80s. I learned about Louis Pasteur, Margaret Mead, and Cochise from reading the Value Tales.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Cioffoletti

    I read this because I teach 7th grade ELA and wanted to check out a few in this series since I have a ton in my classroom library. The most frustrating part is that it is marked at a reading level 6.1 (according to Accelerated Reader) and most novels on any AYA (and adult) shelves are only marked at the 5th grade range. This book is actually extremely easy - the writing would be easy to understand for most 4th graders in my opinion. The information was very basic, but I could see it being an int I read this because I teach 7th grade ELA and wanted to check out a few in this series since I have a ton in my classroom library. The most frustrating part is that it is marked at a reading level 6.1 (according to Accelerated Reader) and most novels on any AYA (and adult) shelves are only marked at the 5th grade range. This book is actually extremely easy - the writing would be easy to understand for most 4th graders in my opinion. The information was very basic, but I could see it being an interesting read for any of my students. I just didn’t enjoy reading it. (I’d rather listen to the Hamilton soundtrack!)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    A lower-level version of the Kanefield middle grade/YA story and then obviously a companion to the Chernow adult biography on Alexander Hamilton. I continue to adore the Who Was/Is series because they very gently explain everything that was Alexander Hamilton- how he died (tragically after being shot in the hip by Aaron Burr during a duel- a duel where his son, just a few years before lost HIS LIFE in a duel too (but not with Burr, but lesson NOT learned). It was about his upbringing and his can A lower-level version of the Kanefield middle grade/YA story and then obviously a companion to the Chernow adult biography on Alexander Hamilton. I continue to adore the Who Was/Is series because they very gently explain everything that was Alexander Hamilton- how he died (tragically after being shot in the hip by Aaron Burr during a duel- a duel where his son, just a few years before lost HIS LIFE in a duel too (but not with Burr, but lesson NOT learned). It was about his upbringing and his can-do attitude. It was about his willingness to do anything for a country he believed in. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judi Paradis

    These "big head" biographies go out of my library constantly. When kids asked for books to support their interest in Lin Manuel Miranda's hip-hop play, I purchased this one. While it's no Ron Chernow (which I'm also reading now), it is a pretty decent overview of Hamilton's life. Sort of the Executive Summary of Chernow. Kids seem to love how these books select important people (everyone from Jesus to Richard Branson) and give them a straightforward accounting. Great for kids in grades 2 and up These "big head" biographies go out of my library constantly. When kids asked for books to support their interest in Lin Manuel Miranda's hip-hop play, I purchased this one. While it's no Ron Chernow (which I'm also reading now), it is a pretty decent overview of Hamilton's life. Sort of the Executive Summary of Chernow. Kids seem to love how these books select important people (everyone from Jesus to Richard Branson) and give them a straightforward accounting. Great for kids in grades 2 and up who love an interesting story about a guy who mattered.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    These books are geared toward kids, but they are fun for adults to read too when you just want to learn a bit about a historical character. My daughter has been listening to the “Hamilton” music a lot, so I got this book for her, so she could get the “real story” about Hamilton. It glosses over some of Hamilton’s failings, like his extramarital affair, but still gives a good overview of a very interesting life. It is notable that back then, things were hyper-partisan, perhaps as much as they are These books are geared toward kids, but they are fun for adults to read too when you just want to learn a bit about a historical character. My daughter has been listening to the “Hamilton” music a lot, so I got this book for her, so she could get the “real story” about Hamilton. It glosses over some of Hamilton’s failings, like his extramarital affair, but still gives a good overview of a very interesting life. It is notable that back then, things were hyper-partisan, perhaps as much as they are today. I was also impressed by how mature people were at such a young age in those times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    The Who Was…? biography series are perfect for elementary or intermediate age students interested learning about the featured person for an assignment or just for an exciting read. The afterward portion in this edition has a timeline on one side showing key events in Alexander Hamilton's life and the opposite page shows worldwide key events during the same time period. Making for an interesting comparison and will help readers get a better feel for what else was happening at those times; a cool The Who Was…? biography series are perfect for elementary or intermediate age students interested learning about the featured person for an assignment or just for an exciting read. The afterward portion in this edition has a timeline on one side showing key events in Alexander Hamilton's life and the opposite page shows worldwide key events during the same time period. Making for an interesting comparison and will help readers get a better feel for what else was happening at those times; a cool extra feature I haven't seen in many books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    It's no secret how much I enjoy the Who Was/Is...? series. And this is no exception offering a great biography for kids with plenty of information to get them curious to learn more about the subject. While it doesn't cover everything- I mean this isn't Ron Chernow's book!- it was a great read focusing on how an orphan, an immigrant, worked hard to achieve things that even now we are all benefiting from. Time to crank out the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat Ice

    I was excited to see this after my obsession with Hamilton. I thought this would be another good addition to this series. I believe this was a good book for kids to learn about Alexander Hamilton but I also believe that it is missing some parts. I know some could not be super appropriate for kids but it should still be part of the story. This could have been rewritten for them. But it was a good start to the new year!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Carroll

    This biography takes the readers all the way back to before Alexander Hamilton was even born. It talks about his parents' upbringings and how they came to be. It describes Hamilton's awful childhood and how smart he was growing up. We learn about all his influences with the Revolutionary War. This book takes you step by step throughout his life. It is an easy read for children, with examples and easy vocabulary to help them understand.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alda Nielsdottir

    What can you say? It's another little book of facts suitable for kids. It provides a lot of information for being so short and it's a great way to educate kids. I especially love that Hamilton: The Musical is mentioned in the book. It is after all thanks to that musical that no one will ever forget Hamilton's part in shaping the USA. Not a bad book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    If you're a Hamilton person awaiting to win the ticket Lottery - this will keep you occupied for a minute or two. It's a children's book, for sure, but it was fun to read bits of it and compare it to the songs from the musical to check the facts. My son and I did it together and it was pretty fun to have in-depth discussions with him about it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is a brief but interesting overview of the life of Alexander Hamilton, written for young readers. I had no idea how instrumental Hamilton was to the forming of our country. He overcame many obstacles and rose to great importance in our new government. It’s sad to think how much more he could have done with his life had it not been cut short by the most famous duel in our history.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    After finishing a class on the American Revolution, I decided to read this quick book about Alexander Hamilton. Starting off his life as an orphan and then becoming not only a war hero and one of the founders of the constitution, he had an important impact on our country’s beginning with his financial and legal brilliance. No wonder an amazing musical has been made about Mr. Hamilton.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    I loved this book I definitely made the right decision choosing alexander hamilton as my biography book. This book was packed with so many interesting facts about Alexander Hamilton I loved this book. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get there mind blown by so many facts.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Rogers-Esparcia

    This is such a fun and easy read. I read this with my 12 year old because we are totally obsessing over Hamilton right now. Since the musical Alexander Hamilton is just about the coolest dude ever ( her words exactly) These books make tackling historical non fiction super fun. I feel like this book can be read at any age. A great read if you want to know more about Ham after loving the musical.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    I just finished reading this with my 7 and 9 year old sons. It was wonderfully concise and educational. We're currently listening to the Hamilton soundtrack and I'm working my way through the Chernow book and this was a perfect supplement to help them understand Hamilton's legacy. I highly recommend reading this with your children.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Like so many others I bought this because I had tickets to see Hamilton (and because I knew I could pass it on to my grandkids). It does give a nice overview and it is easy for elementary age students to read. As I say often, you can learn a lot from a kids book and this series does a nice job of passing on basic biographical information in an appealing way.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mykey

    This book is good for anyone who is interested in knowing why Alexander Hamilton is on the $10 bill. Alexander was a war hero and fought for George Washington, became a lawyer and defended everyone equally even if they were still loyal to England, founded the bank of New York, was the 1st Secretary of the Treasury, and aided in the creation of a centralized government.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie Kirchner

    Felt I needed to read this book to get more background knowledge around the man who made everyone drop everything and head to NYC to see a new musical! I also wanted to read it since my students have been crazy for Hamilton. It was a simple text with solid information.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Interesting highlights of Alexander’s life. Definitely a highlight reel, but with suggestions for more research to delve deeper. Great to read before seeing the musical (also mentioned in the book) as an overview of Hamilton’s accomplishments.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    It had some very useful information about my favorite musical, Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda. Some parts were quite boring and could go more in depth. I recommend this for kids, but it is good for a project too.

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