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Ronald Chernow (; born March 3, 1949) is an American writer, journalist, and biographer. He has written bestselling historical non-fiction biographies. Chernow won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2011 American History Book Prize for his 2010 book Washington: A Life. He is also the recipient of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for his 1990 book The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. His biographies of Alexander Hamilton (2004) and John D. Rockefeller (1998) were both nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards. His biography of Hamilton inspired the popular Hamilton musical, which Chernow worked on as a historical consultant. For another book, The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family, he was awarded the 1993 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. As a freelance journalist, Chernow has written over sixty articles for various national publications. Early life and education Chernow was born on March 2, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Israel, was the owner of a discount store and creator of a stock brokerage firm; his mother, Ruth, was a bookkeeper. He is brother to Bart Chernow and uncle to Shandee Chernow. He is of Jewish descent. Chernow was voted "Most Likely to Succeed", and was class president and valedictorian when he graduated in 1966 from Forest Hills High School in Queens in New York City. Chernow graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1970 and Pembroke College at Cambridge University with degrees in English literature. He began but did not finish a PhD program. He says that in politics he is a "disgruntled Democrat" and gives his religion as "Jewish, though more in the breach than the observance."Chernow married Valerie Stearn in 1979; she died in January 2006. Valerie S. Chernow was an assistant professor of languages and social sciences at the New York City College of Technology.Ron Chernow has received honorary degrees from Long Island University, Marymount Manhattan College, Hamilton College, Washington College, and Skidmore College. Career Chernow began his career as a freelance journalist. He wrote more than 60 articles for various national newspapers and magazines from 1973 to 1982. In the mid-1980s, he put his writing pursuits aside when he began serving as the director of financial policy studies with the Twentieth Century Fund in New York City. In 1986, he left the organization and refocused his efforts on writing. In addition to his background in writing nonfiction and biographies, Chernow continues to contribute articles to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has also provided commentary on business, politics, and finance on national radio and television shows, while also appearing as an expert in documentary films. Business and finance The House of Morgan In 1990, Chernow published his first book, The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance, which traces the history of four generations of the J.P. Morgan financial empire. The reviewer for The New York Times Book Review said, "As a portrait of finance, politics and the world of avarice and ambition on Wall Street, the book has the movement and tension of an epic novel. It is, quite simply, a tour de force." The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance was honored with the National Book Award for Nonfiction. The Warburgs In 1993, Chernow published The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family, which is an account of the Warburg family, who immigrated to the US from Germany in 1838. The Warburg family was a prominent financial dynasty of German Jewish descent, known for their accomplishments in physics, classical music, art history, pharmacology, physiology, finance, private equity and philanthropy. The book was awarded the Columbia Business School's George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. It was additionally named as one of the year's ten best works by the American Library Association and a Notable Book by The New York Times. The Death of the Banker Chernow's 1997 collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, touched upon his earlier writings and chronicled "the decline and fall of the great financial dynasties and the triumph of the small investor" (to quote its subtitle). Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. In 1998, Chernow published the 774-page Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., which was selected by Time and The New York Times as one of the year's ten best books. A prominent figure in American business history, Rockefeller was an industrialist, philanthropist, and the founder of the Standard Oil Company. The book reflected Chernow's continued interest in financial history, especially when shaped by compelling and influential individuals. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 16 weeks. Time called it "one of the great American biographies". American politics Alexander Hamilton In 2004, Chernow published Alexander Hamilton. The biography was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and was named as the winner of the inaugural George Washington Book Prize for early American history. It remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for three months. In his review for the Journal of American History, Stephen B. Presser, who is professor of business law emeritus at Northwestern University, wrote: This book is one of those happy rarities: a popular biography that should also delight scholars. ...This is the kind of synthetic narrative history and biography that is rarely done to such high standards and is clearly one of the best introductions to the American formative era available. Moreover, the way Chernow integrates international affairs, domestic politics, economic and constitutional theory, and astute psychological analysis is nothing short of wondrous. The biography was adapted into a Tony award-winning musical, Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which opened on Broadway in August 2015. Chernow served as historical consultant to the production. George Washington Chernow's 904-page Washington: A Life was released on October 5, 2010 (ISBN 978-1-59420-266-7). It won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the American History Book Prize. Professor Gordon S. Wood, renowned scholar of the Founding era, wrote: [T]he best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.... One comes away from the book feeling that Washington has finally become comprehensible.... [Chernow's] understanding of human nature is extraordinary and that is what makes his biography so powerful. Ulysses S. Grant In 2011, Chernow signed a deal to write a comprehensive biography on Ulysses S. Grant. Chernow explained his transition from writing about George Washington to Grant: "Makes some sense as progression. Towering general of Revolution to towering general of C.... Discover the Ron Chernow popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Ron Chernow books.

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    Ron Chernow

    National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist   From the acclaimed, awardwinning author of Alexander Hamilton: here is the essential, endlessly engrossing biography of John D. R...

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    The Hamilton Affair

    Elizabeth Cobbs

    A New York Times Bestseller and one of the best historical fiction books of 2016 and 2017!“A juicy answer to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton…” CosmopolitanSet against the dramatic...

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    Six Years With the Texas Rangers

    James B. Gillett

    Six years with the Texas Rangers is a memoir of James B. Gillett, a lawman of the Old West, mostly well known due to his service as a Texas Ranger, and as a member of the Texas Ra...

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    Rivals Unto Death

    Rick Beyer

    From the bestselling author of The Greatest Stories Never Told series, the epic history of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's illustrious and eccentric political careers and their...

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    The Myth of Hiawatha and Other Stories of the North American Indians

    Henry Schoolcraft

    The Myth of Hiawatha is a collection of Native American myths and legends collected and edited by Henry Schoolcraft. This book is one of the most authentic collections of Indian my...

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    The Fever of 1721

    Stephen Coss

    The “intelligent and sweeping” (Booklist) story of the crucial year that prefigured the events of the American Revolution in 1776and how Boston’s smallpox epidemic was at the cente...

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    The Adventures of Zenas Leonard, Fur Trader and Trapper

    Zenas Leonard & Joseph Meek

    "Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard" is a journal describing the adventures of a company of 70 men, who left St. Louis in the Spring of 1831, on an expedition to ...

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    The American Indians

    Henry Schoolcraft

    The American Indians is posthumously published work by Henry Schoolcraft. The book is based on Schoolcraft's original notes and manuscripts which are great source of knowledge ...

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    Walter Stahr

    New York Times bestselling author Walter Stahr tells the story of Edwin Stanton, who served as Secretary of War in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet. “This exhaustively researched, wellpac...

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    A Man of Iron

    Troy Senik

    “A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable” (National Review) biography of Grover Clevelandthe honest, principled, and plainspoken president whose country has largely overlooked him.“Ent...

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    A Texas Ranger

    Napoleon Augustus Jennings

    "In the following story of those years of my life which were passed on the broad tablelands of western Texas, I have endeavored to set down, plainly and truthfully, events as t...

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    Valley Forge

    Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

    The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with “a thorough, nuanced, and enthralling account” (The Wall Street Journal) about one of the m...

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    Summary of Alexander Hamilton


    Summary of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow | Includes Analysis     PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.   Inside t...

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    Voices of Our Republic

    Douglas H. Ginsburg & Rob Chatfield

    This inspiring coffee table book serves as a companion to the threepart 2020 PBS series A More or Less Perfect Union, A Personal Exploration by Judge Douglas Ginsburg,&#x...

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    History of the United States

    Charles A. Beard & Mary R. Beard

    "History of the United States" is a monumental synthesis of American History subsequently produced by Charles A. Beard and his wife, Mary R. Beard. This book covers a perio...

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    Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom

    Christopher S. Wren

    The myth and the reality of Ethan Allen and the muchloved Green Mountain Boys of Vermonta “surprising and interesting new account…useful, informative reexamination of an oftenmisun...

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    The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Ishmael Reed

    “That’s a lot of horse hockey, Hamilton.”Described by the New York Times as “classic activist theater” and “a cross between ‘A Christmas Carol’ and a trial at The Hague’s...

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    Notes on Democracy

    H. L. Mencken

    Notes on Democracy is a critique of democracy. The book places political leaders into two categories: the demagogue, who "preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he kno...

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    Ron Chernow

    From the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical, comes a gripping portrait of the first president of the United ...

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    The Warburgs

    Ron Chernow

    From the Pulitzer Prize–winning bestselling author of Alexander Hamilton, the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical, comes this definitive biography of the Warburgs, one of the ...

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    The Intimate Life of Alexander Hamilton

    Allan Mclane Hamilton & Willard Sterne Randall

    The life of Alexander Hamilton is certainly one of great complexity and controversy and, as a result, has been of great interest to the general public for centuries. In the past tw...

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    Ron Chernow

    The #1 New York Times bestseller and New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017“Eminently readable but thick with import . . . Grant hits like a Mack truc...

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    The American Democracy

    Alexis de Toqueville

    The primary focus of Democracy in America is an analysis of why republican representative democracy has succeeded in the United States while failing in so many other places. Also, ...

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    The American Story

    David M. Rubenstein

    Cofounder of The Carlyle Group and patriotic philanthropist David M. Rubenstein takes readers on a sweeping journey across the grand arc of the American story through revealing con...

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    The U.S. Army in World War I

    United States Army, Center of Military History, Eric B. Setzekorn & Brian F. Neumann

    A century ago, the great powers of Europe became engulfed in what was then called the Great War. The modern U.S. Army, capable of conducting industrialized warfare on a global scal...

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    Hymns of the Republic

    S. C. Gwynne

    From the New York Times bestselling and awardwinning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes “a masterwork of history” (Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas),...

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    Rangers and Sovereignty

    Daniel W. Roberts

    This eBook edition of "Rangers and Sovereignty" has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Rangers and Sovereignty is ...

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    The Collected Works of Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson & Josephus Daniels

    This meticulously edited collection presents to you the life and works of President Woodrow Wilson. Content: Essays: The New Freedom When A Man Comes To Himself The Study of Admini...

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    Eliza Hamilton

    Tilar J. Mazzeo

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena’s Children comes a “vivid, compelling, and unputdownable new biography” (Christopher Andersen, #1 New York Times bestselling aut...