汉密尔顿的一生充满争议，他天赋秉异，自学成才，最终在一场因性丑闻而引发的决斗中战败而死。本书的作者 Willard Sterne Randall 从汉密尔顿的卑微出身说起，他鲜为人知的在军队中屡立战功的传奇军旅生涯，他出色的政治和外交技巧，以及他为日后美国的财富积累和势力奠定做出的巨大贡献，都在这本书中详细列述。
From his less than auspicious start in 1755 on the Caribbean Island of Nevis to his untimely death in a duel with his old enemy Aaron Burr in 1804, Alexander Hamilton, despite his short life, left a huge legacy. Orphaned at thirteen and apprenticed in a counting house, Hamilton learned principles of business that helped him create the American financial system and invent the modern corporation. But first, the staunch, intrepid Hamilton served in the American Revolution, acting as General Washington's spymaster. Forging a successful legal career, Hamilton coauthored the Federalist Papers and plunged into politics. Irresistibly attractive, he was a man of many gifts, but he could be arrogant and at times a poor judge of character. In this meticulously researched, illuminating, and lively account, Willard Sterne Randall explores Hamilton's life his illegitimate birth, little-known military activities, political and diplomatic intrigues, and scandalous affairs and its indelible impact on modern America.
作者：Willard Sterne Randall
WILLARD STERNE RANDALL is Historical Scholar in Residence at Champlain College in Vermont and an expert on early U.S. history. As an investigative reporter, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize and the National Magazine Award. His book Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin and His Son won a Frank Luther Mott Prize. He lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his family.