A Hamilton Read-Along

"What better way to celebrate the premiere of Hamilton on Disney+ than to read the book that started it all: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. 

On Tuesday, July 7th, Penguin Press will launch #HamiltonTogether: a two-month long read along of the book with daily discussions happening right on the Penguin Press Twitter. You can follow along every day or jump in whenever you want. See the reading calendar below."

July reading calendar:

July 7 – Pages 1-13
July 8 – Pages 14-28
July 9 – Pages 29-40
July 10 – Pages 41-55
July 11 – Pages 56-69
July 12 – Pages 70-82
July 13 – Pages 83-97
July 14 – Pages 98-111
July 15 – Pages 112-125
July 16 – Pages 126-139
July 17 – Pages 140-153
July 18 – Pages 154-166
July 19 – Pages 167-181
July 20 – Pages 182-195
July 21 – Pages 196-209
July 22 – Pages 210-223
July 23 – Pages 224-237
July 24 – Pages 238-251
July 25 – Pages 252-265
July 26 – Pages 266-279
July 27 – Pages 280-293
July 28 – Pages 294-307
July 29 – Pages 308-321
July 30 – Pages 322-335
July 31 – Pages 336-349
August reading calendar coming soon


The #1 New York Times bestseller, and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.

“Grand-scale biography at its best—thorough, insightful, consistently fair, and superbly written…A genuinely great book.” —David McCullough

“A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.” – Joseph Ellis

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.