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    17 Books To Read While You’re Waiting to See Hamilton

    If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to stream Hamilton.? In the meantime, get a little deeper into the life and times of the founding father with these fascinating biographies, novels, and histories. And join Penguin Press this summer for #HamiltonTogether: a two-month read along of Alexander Hamilton?by Ron Chernow with daily discussions happening on the Penguin Press Twitter, launching July 7th.

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      Alexander Hamilton

      by Ron Chernow

      How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar? ?Why, just like this.
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      Alexander Hamilton Book Cover Picture

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      $22.00

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      Independence Lost

      by Kathleen DuVal

      Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices. Now, in?Independence Lost,?she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
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      Independence Lost Book Cover Picture

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      $18.00

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      American Dialogue

      by Joseph J. Ellis

      Award-winning author Joseph J. Ellis gives us a deeply insightful examination of the relevance of the views of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams to some of the most divisive issues in America today.
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      American Dialogue Book Cover Picture

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      $17.00

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      The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

      by Laura Auricchio

      Drawing on substantial new research conducted in libraries, archives, museums, and private homes in France and the United States, Auricchio, gives us history on a grand scale revealing the man and his complex life, while challenging and exploring the complicated myths that have surrounded his name for more than two centuries.
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      The Marquis Book Cover Picture

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      $17.95

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      Scars of Independence

      by Holger Hoock

      The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. Scars of Independence?forces a more honest appraisal, revealing the inherent tensions between moral purpose and violent tendencies in America’s past. In so doing, it offers a new origins story that is both relevant and necessary—an important reminder that forging a nation is rarely bloodless.
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      Scars of Independence Book Cover Picture

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      $18.00

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      Alex & Eliza

      by Melissa de la Cruz

      In the pages of?Alex and Eliza, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
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      Alex & Eliza Book Cover Picture

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      $10.99

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      Revolutionary Characters

      by Gordon S. Wood

      In this brilliantly illuminating group portrait of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, the incomparable Gordon Wood has written a book that seriously asks, What made these men great, and shows us, among many other things, just how much character did in fact matter.
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      Revolutionary Characters Book Cover Picture

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      $18.00

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      In the Name of the Father

      by Francois Furstenberg

      In this revelatory and genuinely groundbreaking study, Fran?ois Furstenberg sheds new light on the genesis of American identity. Immersing us in the publishing culture of the early nineteenth century, he shows us how the words of George Washington and others of his generation became America’s sacred scripture and provided the foundation for a new civic culture, one whose reconciliation with slavery unleashed consequences that haunt us still.
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      In the Name of the Father Book Cover Picture

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      $18.00

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      Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

      by Sarah Vowell

      From the bestselling author of?Assassination Vacation?and?The Partly Cloudy Patriot comes an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, that swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette.
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      Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Book Cover Picture

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      $17.00

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      1774

      by Mary Beth Norton

      From one of our most acclaimed and original colonial historians, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2018 president of the American Historical Association, a groundbreaking book–the first to look at the critical “long year” of 1774 and the revolutionary change that took place from December 1773 to mid-April 1775, from the Boston Tea Party and the first Continental Congress to the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
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      1774 Book Cover Picture

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      $32.50

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      You Never Forget Your First

      by Alexis Coe

      Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first–and finds he is not quite the man we remember. With irresistible style and warm humor,?You Never Forget Your First?combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers–including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads–inhaling every page.
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      You Never Forget Your First Book Cover Picture

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      $27.00

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      Revolutionary Mothers

      by Carol Berkin

      The American Revolution was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed, and danger into the life of every American. In this groundbreaking history, Carol Berkin shows us how women played a vital role throughout the conflict.
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      Revolutionary Mothers Book Cover Picture

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      $16.00

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      Adopted Son

      by David A. Clary

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      Friends Divided Book Cover Picture

      Friends Divided

      by Gordon S. Wood

      From the great historian of the American Revolution,?New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America’s most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.
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      Friends Divided Book Cover Picture

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      $18.00

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      Duel with the Devil

      by Paul Collins

      The remarkable true story of a turn-of-the-19th century murder and the trial that ensued—a showdown in which iconic political rivals Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to make sure justice was served—from bestselling author of the Edgar finalist,?Murder of the Century.
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      Duel with the Devil Book Cover Picture

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      $16.00

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      The Federalist Papers

      by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay

      A selection of nineteen essential essays from?The Federalist Papers?in their original lengths by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, with notes by Richard Beeman.
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      The Federalist Papers Book Cover Picture

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      $14.00

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      Washington’s Circle

      by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler

      History enthusiasts and admirers of?Team of Rivals?will rejoice in this magisterial account of the extraordinary Americans who served the nation’s first chief executive: Together, they created the presidency for a country disgusted by crowns and the people who would wear them.
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      Washington's Circle Book Cover Picture

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      $20.00

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