ALEXANDER
HAMILTON:
THE GRAPHIC
NOVEL


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THE TRUE HISTORY

Don't let the format throw you off.

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of An American Founding Father
is a rigorously-researched, factual biography. You will discover it rich with primary sources (all of which can be looked up here) and drawing on the best scholarship from generations of historians.

HAMILTON’S LIFE

You'll follow Alexander Hamilton from his birth amid the sweltering, boom-and-bust sugar plantations of the 18th Century Caribbean islands to his scandalous and fatal destiny on the shores of New York's Hudson River—where the shot of a pistol fired by no less than the sitting Vice President of the United States brought him down.

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HAMILTON’S TIMES

The American Revolution. The often inglorious and turbulent times that followed. The clash of worldviews out of which the Constitution was born. The policies that put America's economy on track from Third World squalor to global dominance…

…and which some of the greatest names in American history fought tooth and nail to prevent.

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THE LEGACY

Was Hamilton a hero? Was his character and intellect spectacularly ahead of the curve? Did he—as some claim—almost single-handedly deliver modern America to us?

Or was he instead an impulsive, conspiring traitor to the most sacred principles of 1776?

Read his whole history in this accessible, rewarding, and visual genre medium. Then you will have the facts to help make that decision for yourself.

ART

LUSH ILLUSTRATIONS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE

Artist Justin Greenwood (best known for his work on creator-owned comic book series like The Fuse, Stumptown, Stringers, Wasteland and Resurrection) illustrated Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of An American Founding Father working with hundreds of historical images, portraits, maps, prints, and paintings culled from archives like the Library of Congress, the National Park Service, and the National Portrait Gallery, London.

With the added talents of comic book color artist Brad Simpson and letterer Patrick Brosseau, every page is meticulous in capturing historical details. It's an immersive read whether you're new to comics or have been along for the ride since the Golden Age. 

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LEAVING THE "STORY" IN "HISTORY"

New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation; The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation; The Comic Book Story of Beer —with Mike Smith) builds on previous, well-regarded comics-style nonfiction.

He works to deliver sound scholarship and fresh, timely perspectives within a rich and innovative reading experience.
 

BOOK TRAILER

PRAISE FOR JONATHAN HENNESSEY

"A best book of 2008."
      —The Village Voice

"A surprising and effective accomplishment; highly recommended for all collections." 
      —School Library Journal

"Avoiding the didactic, the book succeeds in being both consistently entertaining and illuminating . . . A fine introduction to U.S. legal history."
      —Publisher's Weekly
"A best graphic novel of 2013. An excellent work. … Not a simplification but a detailed and nuanced analysis of Lincoln’s famous speech."
      —School Library Journal

"Engaging, provocative and deftly nuanced. ... This second collaboration by Hennessey and McConnell again finds them probing the implications of history through incisive analysis and compelling art." 
      —Kirkus Reviews


A New York Times Bestseller
(with Mike Smith)
"Wildly informative...the depth of the information and breadth of history packed into these 170 pages is astounding."
      —Men's Journal

"In ancient times, farmers worried about losing precious grain to spoilage during wet winters. So they figured out how to malt grain and brew it into beer, thus preserving a nutritious source of calories. In The Comic Book Story of Beer, due out in September, we get a graphical tour of such pivotal moments—from the cradle of agriculture to the modern-day craft beer heyday." 
      —NPR

PRAISE FOR JUSTIN GREENWOOD

"As we jump from moment to moment on the day, Greenwood shows off his effective scene-setting. His backgrounds provide a strong sense of place. With all the back-and-forth across different social classes, Greenwood’s doing a lot of work here, and it’s appreciated."
      —Comics Worth Reading

"Greenwood is stretching out into areas we’re not used to seeing him in with impressive results." 
      —Comics Alliance
"Justin Greenwood should draw mystery stories forever. The sketchy quality of his linework in Stumptown #5 makes Portland feel alive and visceral, as if it is throwing dirt off and leaving its marks on the characters that populate the issue."
      —Major Spoilers


"The art by Justin Greenwood...is beautiful."
      —Graphic Policy

"
Greenwood strikes a nice balance between rendering gritty streets action and high-octane chases and exploring the simple, relatable emotions of the script. His style is neither too realistic and bloody nor overly cartoony."
      —IGN



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