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Alexander Hamilton

By Chernow, Ron


In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow’s biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today’s America is the result of Hamilton’s countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. “To repudiate his legacy,” Chernow writes, “is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.” Chernow here recounts Hamilton’s turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington’s aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we’ve encountered before—from his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton’s famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.

Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.


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Alexander Hamilton.

Chernow, Ron.

The Penguin Press, N. Y.. As New in As New dust jacket. 2004. First. Hard cover with dust jacket. 1594200092 . Signed. Signed only - no other names, writing , or marks. Book is a hardcover. Book and the dust jacket are in almost new condition. A biography about the founding father of the United States and the founder of the Federalist Party, Alexander Hamilton. Published by Penguin Press. 818 pages. ; Standard Book Size; Signed by Author .

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$ 595.00
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Alexander Hamilton.

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. First edition of this landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Signed by Ron Chernow on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Gabriele Wilson. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is "a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all." Alexander Hamilton is the basis for the hit Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical Hamilton.

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$ 475.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 2004. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 1594200092 . Small scrape across the ISBN on back panelof dustjacket. Now protected in a clear mylar cover. International orders may require additional postage. ; Simply signed on the title page by Ron Chernow. Full number line. ; 818 pages; Signed by Author .

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$ 425.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

  • Seller: James Cummins Bookseller
  • Published: 2004
  • Condition: Printed wrappers. Fine with ink stamped date 'Feb 24 2004' to fly-leaf
  • Edition: Advanced proof preceding the first edition
New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. Advanced proof preceding the first edition. 1 vols. 4to. Printed wrappers. Fine with ink stamped date 'Feb 24 2004' to fly-leaf. Advanced proof preceding the first edition. 1 vols. 4to. Rare advanced uncorrected proof.

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$ 350.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

  • Seller: civilizingbooks
  • Published: 2004
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 1st edition
Penguin Press, NY, 2004. 1st edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. "Alexander Hamilton was a man who came from nothing, but changed the world - shaping the newborn America and giving it the order and prosperity it has today. The full life story of one of America's founding fathers." [Pub. Info] Definitive biography. 818 pages. The dust jacket has a mylar cover. 1ST EDITION

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$ 325.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. 818pp. First Printing, Full number line. Chernow's signature is on the title page. Dustjacket is worn at the book corners, otherwise the book is unblemished.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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$ 250.00
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Alexander Hamilton (SIGNED)

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press, 2004-04-26. Hardcover. Like New. Signed. *Autographed by author on Penguin Press Bookplate** 19th printing. Hardcover and dust jacket. Fine binding and cover. Light edge wear. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily.

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$ 245.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. First Edition / Second Printing. Cloth. Fine/near fine. Octavo, [xi], [1], 818pp, [1]. Black cloth spine over maroon boards, title in gilt on spine. Second printing with number line ending at "2" on copyright page. In publishers first edition dust jacket, $35.00 price on flap, 0404 publishers code at bottom of flap, near fine condition with light wear from handling along top edge of spine. Signed by the author on title page, with inscription: "To _ Quintez, Ron Chernow. 6/21/04." A nice example.

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$ 225.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2004-03-02. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 128.69
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2004-04-05. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 118.64
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2016-09-09. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 114.22
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ALEXANDER HAMILTON

CHERNOW RON

PENGUIN USA. New. 9.51 x 6.19 cm.

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$ 113.75
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2005-06-08. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 111.27
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ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. First Edition. First Printing. Thick octavo (24.25cm); maroon cloth and brick red paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [xii],818,[2]pp. Base of spine gently nudged, else Fine in a very Near Fine dustjacket, unclipped (priced $35.00), with some pinpoint wear to extremities. Sharp copy of Chernow's best-selling biography of Alexander Hamilton - the first full-length biography to appear in decades. Provides much of the source material for Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical Hamilton.

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$ 100.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 818 Pp. Red Cloth, Gilt, Red Boards. First Printing Shown, Dj Priced $35.00. Near Fine, No Wear, Light Bumping To Corners. Dj With Light Wear At Corners At Three Of Upper Corners.

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$ 90.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2004-09-04. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 88.83
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2004-03-02. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 85.21
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2004-02-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 81.59
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ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Ron Chernow

New York: The Penguin Press. 2004. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 1594200092 . Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. ; 9.4 X 5.5 X 2.1 inches; 818 pages; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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$ 69.95
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

Penguin Highbridge (Aud), 2004-10-10. Unknown Binding. Good.

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$ 69.77
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York, NY: Penguin, 2004. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/As New. Size=6.5"x9.5". 35 B/W Illustrations. (full book description) Penguin, New York, NY, 2004. 1st Edition 1st Printing, Fine/Fine, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 818pgs(Index). 35 B/W Illustrations. Clean, tight & bright. No ink names, tears, chips, etc. Price unclipped. NO remainder marks. ISBN 1594200092 [Founding Fathers; American Politics; Early America; American Statesmen; Biography; First Editions] SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE! First Printing

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$ 66.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press. As New in As New dust jacket. 2004. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover, illus. 1594200092 . Book and DJ New. NO notes. No markings of ANY kind. DJ not price clipped ($35) ; ShIps in a box, USA; 818 pages; 1st printing. NO defects. .

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$ 65.00
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ALEXANDER HAMILTON

CHERNOW RON

PENGUIN. New. 9.22 x 6.19 cm.

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$ 65.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press. Hardcover. 1594200092 1st edition 1st printing - slightest shelf wear - overall a fine clean like new copy with like new dust now in mylar cover - enjoy . Fine.

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$ 55.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. First Edition. First Printing Fine in 1/4 black cloth and brick red paper covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine. A small quarto of 9 1/4 by 6 inches. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with a tiny bit of rubbing to the upper corners of the spine area. 818 pages including an index, bibliography, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Hamilton and a section of black and white reproductions of earlier works of art. A handsome copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.

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$ 50.00
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Alexander Hamilton

CHERNOW, Ron

New York: Penguin, 2004. First. hardcover. fine/fine. Illustrated (b/w). 818pp. 8vo, red cloth backed red boards, dust wrapper; wrapper lightly soiled and wavy; fore-edge stained. First edition, full number line. New York: Penguin, 2004. Fine.

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$ 50.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

U.S.A.: The Penguin Press. DJ in archival cover. First edition, first printing full number line starting with 1. . Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 2004.

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$ 50.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Very good/Very good. xi, [1],818, [2] pages. Frontis illustration. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index, DJ has slight wear and soiling. Ronald Chernow (born March 3, 1949) is an American writer, journalist, historian, and biographer. He has written award-winning biographies of historical figures from the world of business and American politics. He won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2011 American History Book Prize for his Washington: A Life. He is the recipient of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. His biographies of Alexander Hamilton and John D. Rockefeller were nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards. The former served as the inspiration for the Hamilton musical, for which Chernow worked as a historical consultant. The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family, was honored with the 1993 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. Derived from a Kirkus review: "In all probability," writes financial historian/biographer Chernow "Alexander Hamilton is the foremost political figure in American history who never attained the presidency, yet he probably had a much deeper and lasting impact than many who did." Many of the financial and tax systems that Hamilton proposed and put in place as the nation's first treasury secretary are with us today, if in evolved form; and though Hamilton was derided in his time as being pro-British and even a secret monarchist, Chernow writes, he was second only to George Washington in political prominence, at least on the practical, day-to-day front. The author grants Hamilton a life of his own-and a stirring one at that, for Hamilton was both intensely cerebral and a man of action. He was also constantly in opposition to things as they were, particularly where those things were Jeffersonian. Hamilton became a crusty conservative near the end of his brief life (1755-1804). A model of the biographer's art.

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$ 50.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

Penquin Press, 2004. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Fine Copy In Like Price clipped Jacket First Edition/First Printing.Excellent Fresh Copy Great Broadway Show From This Book..

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$ 45.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

U.S.A.: The Penguin Press. DJ in archival cover very light ware. First edition, first printing full number line starting with 1. . Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 2004.

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$ 45.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

Penguin Audio, 2016. CD-Audio. New. 5.81 x 5.07 cm.

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$ 43.85
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press. As New in As New dust jacket. 2004. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover, illus. 1594200092 . Book As New. NO notes. No markings of ANY kind. DJ with MINOR wear at spine ends else As New, not price clipped ($35) ; Ships in a box, USA. ; 818 pages .

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$ 43.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2016-09-09. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 41.77
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York, New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. Full number line, incl. "1", but without price on DJ, probably a Book Club Edition. No prev. owner name. DJ with slight rub at upper corners and head of spine panel, and slight wrinkle to upper edge of front panel; all endflap corners intact, but no price on DJ. Finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and the inspiration for the musical "Hamilton". Illus. with B&W reproductions of art portraits of Alexander Hamilton and contemporaries. Incl. Notes, Biblio: Selected Books, Pamphlets, Dissertations, and Selected Articles, plus Illustration Permissions, and Index. (xi) 818 pp. Heavy book.. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine.

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$ 40.00
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ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Chernow, Ron

NY: Penguin. F/NF. 2004. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. An unread copy with just a hint of shelfwear to the DJ. .

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$ 40.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. 1-10 number line. Lightly handled. . First Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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$ 40.00
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Alexander Hamilton.

Chernow, Ron .

New York:: Penguin Press,, 2004.. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good in Good DJ. 818 pp., 8vo. Quarter-cloth hardcover in dj. First edition. A comprehensive account of one of America's original Federalist bad boys. Very light edgewear to boards & spine. Binding tight. Faint soiling to textblock edges. Interior very clean. Light sunning, wrinkling & soiling to dj; crease to front panel along flap joint.

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$ 40.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

  • Seller: Wayward Books
  • Published: 2004
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: Later Printing
New York: Penguin Press, 2004 The inspiration for the hit Broadway Musical. By the author of Titan and The House of Morgan. The DJ is unclipped.. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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$ 39.99
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2004-04-05. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 39.38
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press. Hardcover. 1594200092 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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$ 37.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

NY: The Penguin Press. VG/VG. 2004. First Edition. Hardcover; First Printing. First edition. A sunning to the boards else the book is unread, one small stain to front of DJ. ; 9.49 X 6.18 X 2.01 inches; 818 pages .

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$ 36.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Ron Chernow

2005-06-08. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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$ 35.79
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

Hardcover. Very Good. Clean well kept hardcover copy with dust jacket.Autographed. price tag unclipped. No markings or stickers.

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$ 35.22
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press, 2004. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. First edition. Top edge lightly foxed, jacket edges lightly rubbed. 2004 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 818 pp. 8vo. In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is

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$ 35.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press, 2004. Hardcover. Very Good. No markings, tight, clean. Complete number line including 1 on the copyright page. $35.00 on the front flap of the dust jacket, creasing to the spine, in a protective cover.

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$ 35.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press, 2004. Hardcover. Very Good. No markings, tight, clean. Complete number line including 1 on the copyright page. $35.00 on the front flap of the dust jacket, in a protective cover.

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$ 35.00
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Alexander Hamilton.

CHERNOW, Ron.

NY:: Penguin Press,. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 2004. Hardcover. 1594200092 . Adapted into the 2015 Lin-Manuel Miranda hit Broadway musical "Hamilton." Second printing. From a smoker's library - light tobacco odor, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket.; 818 pages .

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$ 35.00
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Alexander Hamilton.

Chernow, Ron.

  • Seller: The Hermitage Bookshop, Member ABAA
  • Published: 2004.
  • Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with small smudge front cover, in mylar cover.
  • Edition: First edition, first printing.
Penguin, 2004. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dust jacket with small smudge front cover, in mylar cover. B&W illustrations.

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$ 35.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press. Hardcover. 1594200092 1st edition 1st printing - minor wear to dust jacket (now in mylar cover) minor staining to cover and page edge - otherwise binding strong contents clean - enjoy . Very Good.

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$ 35.00
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Alexander Hamilton

Chernow, Ron

The Penguin Press, 2004. Hardcover. Very Good. No markings, tight, clean. Complete number line including 1 on the copyright page. $35.00 on the front flap of the dust jacket, some rubbing and wear to edges, in a protective cover.

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$ 35.00