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Just five days left to support the publication of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years and get a signed copy of the book

I wanted to remind you, those who have been reading this blog for so many years and also the more recent readers, that you only have five days left to support the publication of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years and to pre-order your copy of the book. Pledge $40 (the book’s cover price) and you’ll receive a signed and personally dedicated copy. Where else would you be able to get a signed copy? Yes, you could come hear me talk about Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years at the Museum of American Finance on July  10 but if you can’t, ordering your copy on Kickstarter is your best opportunity. Once this Kickstarter campaign is over, I have no plans to sell signed copies online. So unless you plan to hear me speak in New York City, this might be your best or only chance to get a signed and personally dedicated copy of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years. Unsigned copies are also available for pre-order on Kickstarter for just $30, a 25% discount. There are also volume discounts available if you order through Kickstarter, which won’t be available if you wait until the book is published and buy it through Amazon. Oh yes, and all of these options include FREE SHIPPING.

I would also like to note that the Kickstarter campaign is current $2,400 short of its goal. Kickstarter requires a project to raise its entire amount or the project received no funds and the pledgers do not receive their rewards. As the success of this campaign will go a long way to make Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years successful, I strongly urge you to show your support by pre-ordering your copy and by sharing this Kickstarter project with friends and on your social media. You can point your friends to the many great reviews this book has already received. You can also direct them to the many new discoveries I have posted online, which are only a small portion of what will be found in the book itself. Heck, you can even show them what I believe to be the best cover design for any Alexander Hamilton book. And remember to tell them that they are not just contributing to this important project, but that they will also receive a copy of the book at 25% off the cover price or a signed copy at the cover price, with free shipping as well. With your help, we can propel this campaign to its $9,000 goal and give Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years the boost it needs to gain mainstream attention and receive the recognition it deserves as a work that “surpass[es] every book that has preceded it” (Rand Scholet’s review).

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Michael E. Newton on “Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years” and book signing: July 10 at the Museum of American Finance in New York City

I am proud to announce that the Museum of American Finance and The Alexander Hamilton Awareness (AHA) Society have invited me to speak about my new book, Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, on July 10 in the heart of New York City, mere steps from where Hamilton lived and from where he is buried. The talk will be followed by Q&A, book signing, and viewing of the “Alexander Hamilton: Indispensable Founder and Visionary” exhibit. The Museum of American Finance is located at 48 Wall Street. For more information and to register, visit here.

Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years is scheduled for publication in June 2015. Please support the publication of this important work by pre-ordering your copy today.

HamilTEN Questions with Michael E. Newton

I was recently interviewed about my new book, Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, for the very first issue of “HamilTEN Questions.”

1. How were you first introduced to Alexander Hamilton?

I’ve always been a fan of history, especially American history and most especially the American Revolution and Founding. As a child, I read books on the major Founding Fathers—Washington, Jefferson, Franklin. Oddly, Hamilton was missing, though he appeared in many of those other books. In 2004, I read Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, which I believe was the first Hamilton bio I read.

 2. Why did you decide to write a book about Alexander Hamilton?

After reading Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton in 2004, I did nothing more with Hamilton for a while. When I wrote Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers (published in 2011), I was surprised to learn that Hamilton was not only involved in virtually every aspect of the American Revolution and Founding, but also that nearly everything he did and even the facts of his life are surrounded by so much controversy. It was then that I decided I needed to learn more about Hamilton, that I needed to know whether Hamilton was an indispensable Founding Father who Washington relied on and the Federalists followed, or if he was the villain that Jefferson portrayed him to be.

3. What separates your book from what is already out there in the Hamiltonian literature?

Aside from the many new discoveries presented in Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years, I focused on separating the facts of Hamilton’s life from the many uncorroborated tales that have been told. Instead of simply repeating what previous Hamilton biographers have written, I examined every assertion to ensure that they are backed up by solid evidence, eyewitness testimony, or objective analysis of the relevant evidence. If they are not, I determine the plausibility of that information.

This means that many interesting stories about Hamilton have been debunked or shown to be based on flimsy evidence, but it also enables us to find new details that previously had been overlooked…

Click here to continue reading this interview.

You can pre-order your copy of Alexander Hamilton: The Formative Years at Kickstarter.

My motto for writing!

In writing this blog or my books, I don’t discover long lost secrets or reveal previously unknown information. Instead, my motto is:

“My design was not so much to contribute new facts as to shape the narrative in such a way as to emphasize relations of cause and effect that are often buried in the mass of details.”

~ John Fiske, The American Revolution, Volume 1:vii.