Overview: It has been almost a year since I first began my Hamilton obsession, which a small sampling includes watching a PBS special, reading all about the cast, traveling to Chicago to watch the show live, and spontaneously humming the soundtrack at the most random times. With that being said, I had inexplicably been dragging my feet concerning reading the biography that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical that has enthralled current pop culture. My curiosity toward Hamilton’s biography finally peaked upon reading Meacham’s Thomas Jefferson, in which several key lines from Hamilton (the musical) didn’t quite line up to the actual facts conveyed in the biography. Therefore, I quickly procured Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, and promptly dove in, with the overall result of being unable to put down this fascinating story describing the remarkable life of one of the most influential founding fathers! Having read quite a few historical biographies at this point, I was repeatedly impressed throughout this text regarding the elegant writing style employed by Chernow due to his ability to truly convey a story instead of lapsing into purely reciting facts. It is little wonder that Miranda was inspired by Chernow’s distinct writing style, as multiple times I caught subtle notes of deja vu from lines in the text, as well as literal quotes from letters or notes from Hamilton and his contemporaries’ own hands being wove in the musical. Obviously, when coming across one of these familiar lines, I would have to stop where I was in the biography and listen to the specific song in the musical! I did find myself a bit disappointed in the inconsistencies between the biography and musical, however could understand why Miranda made the choices he did concerning overall timeline and simplifying the number of players involved. In general, Hamilton’s tale is one that defies imagination, especially considering the circumstances/where he was born and the ultimate heights he achieved in society, not to mention the impact he had on shaping our nation in its infancy. Overall, although I went into reading this biography already predisposed to enjoying the subject matter due to my obsession regarding the musical, Chernow’s elegant, detailed writing style thoroughly solidified my adoration of Alexander Hamilton and this time period as a whole. Whose biography should I pick up next? Perhaps John Adams?