Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider is the life story of one of America’s creators. Anyone who knows Hamilton! The Musical knows the Founding Fathers led interesting lives. This is an easy read of one of those lives that begins with Alexander’s family history and less-than-awesome childhood, to our war for independence with George Washington, to creating our country, to Alexander’s final duel and death. Jean Fritz, the author, shows how Alexander Hamilton went from having nothing to making the systems we use today, 250 years later. Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider is a great book about a complex, adventurous life.
Here are a few questions to keep in mind while reading: As you read about his childhood, ask yourself, “If I were in Alexander’s situation, how would I try to get ahead?” Read about his role early in the war and ask, “How big were the risks? Would I have taken them?” As you finish the book, ask, “How are things Alexander Hamilton designed still affecting me today?”