Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

A Life

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在两百年前美利坚的“国父团”中,亚历山大·汉密尔顿绝对是“美国梦”的最佳代言人。这个自幼生长在西印度群岛,由当地人民捐款资助才得以来到北美大陆深造的外来移民,靠自己的勤奋阅读和笔耕不辍成为乔治·华盛顿将军的左膀右臂。他是宪法的起草人之一,美国第一任财政部长。今天的十元美金的正面印有的头像,正是这位被誉为美国金融之父的亚历山大·汉密尔顿。

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.

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