Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

Books for Adult Readers

Recommended by the project director:

Brookhiser, Richard. Alexander Hamilton, American. Free Press, 2004.

Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. Penguin, 2004.

Hamilton, Alexander (Joanne Freeman, ed.) Hamilton: Writings. Library of America, 2001.

Knott, Stephen. Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth. University Press of Kansas, 2002.

McDonald, Forrest. Alexander Hamilton: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1979.

Other books:

An extended bibliography for Hamilton containing in-print and out-of-print works from the early 19th to the 21st century may be found at the web site for the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress:

Bailyn, Bernard. To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders. Knopf, 2003.

Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Harvard University Press, 1992. (Pulitzer Prize)

Bailyn, Bernard, editor. The Debate on the Constitution: Federalist and Antifederalist Speeches, Articles, and Letters During the Struggle over Ratification: Part One, September 1787-February 1788. Library of America, 1993.

Davis, David B. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823. Oxford University Press, 1999.

Egerton, Douglas R. Gabriel's Rebellion: The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1800 and 1802. University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

Elkins, Stanley M. and Eric L. McKitric. The Age of Federalism: The Early American Republic, 1788-1800. Oxford University Press, 1993.

Ellis, Joseph. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. Knopf, 2000.

Ferling, John E. Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. Oxford University Press, 2004

Fleming, Thomas. Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America. Basic Books, 1999.

Flexner, James Thomas. The Young Hamilton: A Biography. Fordham University Press, 1997.

Freeman, Joanne. Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic. Yale University Press, 2002.

Hamilton, Alexander. Citizen Hamilton: The Wit and Wisdom of an American Founder. Rowman & Littlefield, October, 2005.

Harper, John. American Machiavelli: Alexander Hamilton and the Origins of U.S. Foreign Policy. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

MacLeod, Duncan J. Slavery, Race, and the American Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 1974.

McDonald, Forrest. Alexander Hamilton: A Biography. W.W. Norton, 1982.

Norton, Mary Beth. Liberty's Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800.

Rakove, Jack N. Original Meanings, Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. Knopf, 1997. (Pulitzer Prize)

Rakove, Jack N., editor. The Federalist: The Essential Essays, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. (The Bedford Series in History and Culture). Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003.

Staloff, Darren. Hamilton, Jefferson and Adams: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding. Hill and Wang, 2005.

Stourzh, Gerald. Alexander Hamilton and the Idea of Republican Government. Stanford University Press, 1970. o.p.

Wootton, David, editor. The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. Hackett Publishing Company, 2003.

Articles about Hamilton

The New-York Journal of American History, Issue 3 (Spring 2004) published by the New-York Historical Society, is an "Alexander Hamilton" issue featuring articles by Richard Brookhiser, Joanne Freeman, James O. Horton, Elizabeth Rohn Jeffe, Robert McCaughey, Richard Sylla, and Sherwin B. Nuland, and an interview with Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow.

Links to full text of articles: