A graphic novel biography of the American legend who inspired the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.
Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in United States history—he fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Cut down by a bullet from political rival Aaron Burr, Hamilton has since been immortalized alongside other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson—his likeness even appears on the ten-dollar bill. In this fully-illustrated and impeccably researched graphic novel-style history, author Jonathan Hennessey and comic book illustrator Justin Greenwood bring Alexander Hamilton’s world to life, telling the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America.
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
JONATHAN HENNESSEY is the author of three previous nonfiction graphic novels, The United States Constitution, The Gettysburg Address, The Comic Book Story of Beer, and The Comic Book Story of Video Games. He is also the writer of the history-based time travel series Epochalypse. Based in Los Angeles, he works in film and television.
JUSTIN GREENWOOD is a Bay Area-based comic book illustrator known for his work on creator-owned comic book series like The Fuse, Stumptown, Wasteland, and Resurrection.
Table of Contents
PROLOGUE ★ 1
i Let Candid Men Judge ★ 11
ii The Terms on Which These Lands Were Really Dispensed ★ 13
iii There Are Strong Minds in Every Walk of Life That WillRise Superior to the Disadvantages of Situation ★ 21
iv No Man Can Command the Winds ★ 29
v A Friend to America ★ 41
vi Where the Danger Is the Most Pressing and Imminent ★ 55
vii By Virtue of Powers from His Excellency General Washington ★ 66
viii The Line of Conduct Proscribed to Us ★ 72
ix Amidst My Amorous Transports ★ 82
x Those Solid Arrangements of Finance,on Which Our Safety Depends ★ 86
xi A Scene of Blackest Treason ★ 88
xii In the Enthusiasm of Heroic Valor ★ 91
xiii The Universal Reluctance of These Statesto Do What Is Right ★ 97
xiv To Make Our Independence a Blessing ★ 107
xv Rearing the Superstructure of American Greatness ★ 116
xvi Some Concert between the Husband and the Wife ★ 129
xvii The Machinations of Factious and Intriguing Men ★ 134
xviii Means of Intimidation ★ 139
xix The Circumstances Disclosed ★ 144
xx Great Souls Care Little about Small Matters ★ 150
xxi The Cup of Sorrow ★ 157
xxii My Life Must Be Exposed to That Man ★ 160
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
More reviews on thebookuniverse.weebly.com Alexander Hamilton is one of the most famous Broadway shows and definitely my favorite as well. Naturally, when this comic book came out, I was instantly excited. If you enjoyed the musical, I would really recommend you try this comic book out. Though, I warn you that this book is completely different from the musical. This book solely focuses on the history and his life. His love life is kept minimal in this version. The neat thing about this comic book was the fact that it wasn't overly complicated and it was fairly easy to follow along and get the main concepts of his life. Knowing the musical Hamilton front to back really helped me with all the dates and the timeline of events for me. This graphic history provides a timeline from his birth all the way to his death in 1804. This comic book doesn't skip over the more explicit or harsher scenes. It takes you through the wars, his education, family and much more. I would also like to point out that though this is a comic book, there is more text then dialogue but it was very helpful in determining the location of the events (ex: wars, debates, etc). I would like to take a second and say how much I appreciate the artwork in this book. Justin Greenwood did an exceptional job at the art work and pulling readers in. It was phenomenal and really brought Hamilton's story to life. Furthermore, I would not recommend reading this when you are really busy. This isn't a type of comic book where you can begin to read and then pick up a month later. There are lots of big and small details within the pages that are important in his life. Additionally, I really enjoyed how this comic book wasn't just a big biography on his life. The author narrowed it down to about 168 pages which is nice for us, readers. All in all, if you are a big Hamilton fan or simply want to learn more about him rather than reading a huge biography, I would recommend you pick this up and give it a go. The only thing that really got me was how content heavy it was and I was trying to read it while doing important school work. Thank you to Jonathan Hennessey and Justin Greenwood for writing such a remarkable tale of Alexander Hamilton's life. Finally, thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me a copy of this amazing comic book!
"Alexander Hamilton" by Jonathan Hennessey, illustrated by Justin Greenwood, accomplished exactly what it meant to. A historic account in comic book form that informed and entertained the reader. Due to the popularity of the recent musical "Hamilton", I was worried this graphic novel would be riding the coattails of success. Although I cannot be 100% certain, I believe this book held its own. Hennessey has written 5 nonfiction comic books about a range of topics that help to back this claim. As for the book, the art was well done, and compelling. The colors not too bright, the depictions accurate, but at some times almost comical when drawing zoomed out scenes. When it comes to the text, it was very true to history, and also History textbooks. The language was not simplified, which I found tedious at times, but I enjoy the thought of being able to replace textbooks with graphic novels like these some day, although I imagine any student younger than high school aged would have a difficult time keeping up with it. It took time to read this, and I had to force myself to pick it up, but it was also hard to put down. Both the good and the bad of all historical figures were painted in and on these pages, and I have a greater understanding of events I was taught in my elementary days and have slowly forgotten. I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this honest review.
I tried and tried and tried, I just couldn't enjoy this book, I really wanted to, but I just couldn't. It started off kind of weird, and If I am being honest, I skipped the prologue, It was very hard to follow. You have to know, I love history, so I assumed I would love this book (I mean, how could I not?) but it was really just an odd book. I thought the whole novel was hard to follow and had moments where I had no clue what was going on. The book itself looks very nice, it's a goregous book and the layout on the back matched it perfectly. I guess what I am trying to say is ... that it would be much better as a shelf book then a reading book. I am so bummed I did not enjoy this book. I thank 'Blogging For Books' for graciously sending me an ARC of this novel.