Ron Chernow

1 Alexander Hamilton

Author : Ron Chernow
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2004-04-26
Description :  <b>A&#xa0;<i>New York Times</i>&#xa0;Bestseller, and&#xa0;<b>the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical&#xa0;<i>Hamilton</i>!<br /></b><br />Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.</b><br /><br />In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis,&#xa0;<b><i>Alexander Hamilton</i></b>&#xa0;is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”<br /><br />Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we’ve encountered before—from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.<br /><br />Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots,&#xa0;<b><i>Alexander Hamilton</i></b>&#xa0;will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.<br /><br /><b>“Nobody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow”&#xa0;—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>&#xa0;</b><br /><br /><b>Ron Chernow's new biography,&#xa0;<i>Grant</i>, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.&#xa0;</b>

2 Grant

Author : Ron Chernow
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $19.99
Release Date :  2017-10-10
Description :  <b>The #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller.<br /><b><br />Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by <i>The New York Times Book Review.</i><br /></b><br />Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness. But in war, Grant began to realize his remarkable potential, soaring through the ranks of the Union army, prevailing at the battle of Shiloh and in the Vicksburg campaign, and ultimately defeating the legendary Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Along the way, Grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.<br /><br /> More important, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, who called him “the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race.” After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> With lucidity, breadth, and meticulousness, Chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic... and yet the greatest hero.” Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. This is America's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. The definitive biography, <i>Grant</i> is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.<br /><br /><b>Named one of the best books of the year by Goodreads •<i> </i>Amazon <i>• The New York Times</i> <i>• Newsday</i> <i>• </i>BookPage <i>• </i>Barnes and Noble <i>• Wall Street Journal</i> </b>

3 Washington

Author : Ron Chernow
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2010-10-05
Description :  <b>A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of&#xa0;<i>Alexander Hamilton</i>, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.<br /><br /></b>Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods.<b><br /><br />Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography<br /><br /><b>Ron Chernow's new biography,&#xa0;<i>Grant</i>, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.&#xa0;</b><br /><br />“Truly magnificent… [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography”&#xa0;</b>–Andrew Roberts,&#xa0;<i>The Wall Street Journal</i><b><br /><br />“Superb… the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.”&#xa0;</b>–Gordon S. Wood,&#xa0;<i>The New York Review of Books</i><b><br /><br />“A truly gripping biography of George Washington... I can’t recommend it highly enough—as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment. It’s as luxuriantly pleasurable as one of those great big sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels.”&#xa0;</b>&#xa0;–Hendrik Hertzberg,&#xa0;<i>The New Yorker</i><br /><br />Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical<b>&#xa0;Hamilton</b>&#xa0;has sparked new interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In addition to Alexander Hamilton, the production also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and many more.<br />

4 Titan

Author : Ron Chernow
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Business & Personal Finance  Economics 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1999-09-07
Description :  <b>National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> From the acclaimed, award-winning author of <i>Alexander Hamilton</i>: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—the Jekyll-and-Hyde of American capitalism. In the course of his nearly 98 years, Rockefeller was known as both a rapacious robber baron, whose Standard Oil Company rode roughshod over an industry, and a philanthropist who donated money lavishly to universities and medical centers. He was the terror of his competitors, the bogeyman of reformers, the delight of caricaturists—and an utter enigma.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Drawing on unprecedented access to Rockefeller’s private papers, Chernow reconstructs his subjects’ troubled origins (his father was a swindler and a bigamist) and his single-minded pursuit of wealth. But he also uncovers the profound religiosity that drove him “to give all I could”; his devotion to his father; and the wry sense of humor that made him the country’s most colorful codger. <i>Titan</i> is a magnificent biography—balanced, revelatory, elegantly written.

5 The House of Morgan

Author : Ron Chernow
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Business & Personal Finance  Industries & Professions 
Price :  $21.99
Release Date :  2010-01-19
Description :  Published to critical acclaim twenty years ago, and now considered a classic, <i>The House of Morgan</i> is the most ambitious history ever written about American finance. It is a rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned, ones that would transform the modern financial world. Tracing the trajectory of J. P. Morgan’s empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the financial crisis of 1987, acclaimed author Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the family’s private saga and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved—a world that included Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Nancy Astor, and Winston Churchill. A masterpiece of financial history—it was awarded the 1990 National Book Award for Nonfiction and selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century—<i>The House of Morgan</i> is a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.

6 The Warburgs

Author : Ron Chernow
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1994-08-23
Description :  <b>From the Pulitzer Prize–winning bestselling author of <i>Alexander Hamilton</i>, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, comes this definitive biography of the Warburgs, one of the great German-Jewish banking families of the twentieth century.</b><br /><br />Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and, later, of German-American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism, and their sense of patriotism became increasingly dangerous in a Germany that had declared Jews the enemy.<br /><br />Ron Chernow's hugely fascinating history is a group portrait of a clan whose members were renowned for their brilliance, culture, and personal energy yet tragically vulnerable to the dark and irrational currents of the twentieth century.

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