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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.

'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.

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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.



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