Comprehensive Biography: 'Alexander Hamilton' Author Ron Chernow releases Alexander Hamilton, his new biography of the first secretary of the Treasury. The book traces Hamilton's life from his childhood on the West Indies island of Nevis to his early designs for the American economy and his death in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr. NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Chernow.
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Comprehensive Biography: 'Alexander Hamilton'

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Award-winning historian Ron Chernow releases Alexander Hamilton, his new biography of the first secretary of the Treasury, a man who Chernow calls the most underrated of the Founding Fathers.

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'Alexander Hamilton' traces Hamilton's rise from a poverty-stricken childhood on the West Indies island of Nevis to his role as a key planner of a new society and his early designs for the American economy.

The biography also details the circumstances surrounding Hamilton's death in a duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr. NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Chernow.