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Alexander Hamilton textbookDozens of books have been written about Alexander Hamilton and each has something unique to offer. We chose a small subset that we believe more accurately describes Alexander Hamilton and his times. 

Note: It is recommended that the reader appreciate the fact-based events presented in any book but use critical thinking when an author decides to speculate about Hamilton's motives or feelings, especially in biographies. Be alert when one comes across phrases such as “may have”, “it’s reasonable to assume”, “probably”, “is likely”, etc. 


Compilations of Alexander Hamilton's Writings  

  • Freeman, Joanne B., ed. Writings - Alexander Hamilton (including the Federalist Papers)
  • Hamilton, John C., ed. The Works of Alexander Hamilton; Comprising His Correspondence. And His Political and Official Writings, 7 vols. 
  • Lodge, Henry Cabot, ed. The Works of Alexander Hamilton (Federal Edition)12 vols.
  • Syrett, Harold C. et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols.

Alexander Hamilton Biographies 

  • Brookhiser, Richard. Alexander Hamilton, American (220 pages)
  • Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton (740 pages)
  • McDonald, Forrest. Alexander Hamilton: A Biography (450 pages)
  • Newton, Michael E. Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years (505 pages)
For an extended list of biographies, please see the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

Hamilton's Character

  • Chrystal, William G. Hamilton by the Slice: Falling in Love With Our Most Influential Founding Father

Hamilton's Greatness

  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. The Greatest American, Alexander Hamilton

Myths about Hamilton Exposed

  • Knott, Stephen F. Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth
  • Newton, Michael E. Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years (505 pages)

Hamilton and Politics/Finance

  • Fleming, Thomas. Perils of Peace: America’s Struggle for Existence after Yorktown
  • Wright, Robert E. One Nation under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe
  • Wright, Robert E. & David J. Cowen. Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich

The Burr-Hamilton Duel

  • Freeman, Joanne B. Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic


Youth Books about Hamilton

  • Fritz, Jean. Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider
  • St. George, Judith. The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
  • DeGraw, Aleine. Alexander Hamilton: American Statesman (English)
  • DeGraw, Aleine. Alexander Hamilton: Estadista Estadounidense (Spanish)

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