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Of all the founding figures in American history, Alexander has been the most hotly debated and grossly misunderstood. Chernow’s biography sets the information straight in creating a picture of how Hamilton had countless sacrifices in order to make political, financial, and economic changes to achieve the greatness that America is today. Chernow shares the early life of Hamilton from an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, taking America by storm and rising to George Washington’s side in the Continental Army, founding the Bank of New York, and becoming the Treasury Secretary of the United States. It has been a longstanding view that America’s birth had been the triumph of Jefferson, but Chernow creates a whole new perspective from a man whose great vision was motivated not merely by self-interest but by a passion for patriotism and a stubborn will to create the foundations of American greatness.