Friday, August 11, 2017

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton The Graphic History of An American Founding Father
Jonathan Hennessey
Justin Greenwood
Publisher: Penguin Random House imprint Ten Speed Press
PRICE: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-399-58000-0
RELEASE: Aug 8th, 2017
FORMAT Trade Paperback
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels - Nonfiction - General
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A graphic novel biography of the American legend who inspired the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in the United States history—he fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Cut down by a bullet from political rival Aaron Burr, Hamilton has since been immortalized alongside other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson—his likeness even appears on the ten-dollar bill. In this fully-illustrated and impeccably researched graphic novel-style history, author Jonathan Hennessey and comic book illustrator Justin Greenwood bring Alexander Hamilton’s world to life, telling the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America.

My Thoughts

This graphic novel/ biography grants readers access to the history and legacy of  Alexander Hamilton. It takes us on the journey from his childhood in the West Indies, to his death on July 12, 1804. We see a  strong focus on the American Revolution and Continental Congress proceedings and this gives a view of the Founding Father's impact on our society and speaks to historical details such as, "New Money", and the "Law of Primogeniture." 

This historical piece matches a lot of text to each graphic representation.
 did appreciate the historical details,  liked the graphics, and felt Washington's Retreat was very well detailed, as you could see the anguish on the faces, while the withdrawing of troops occurred. 

This book is heavily detailed in both graphics contents by Justin Greenwood and language for that era by Jonathan Hennessey. The read is broken down into 22 segments and some of them contain flashbacks. 

Throughout this reading of the life of Hamilton, we are also introduced to many other historical figures. Among these are, Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, John Adams,  George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

If you are interested in a story that tells about early America and enjoy graphic novels, then this may be the book for you! 


Artist Justin Greenwood 

Colors: Brad Simpson
Ink/Background Assists: Matt Harding
Letters: Patrick Brosseau

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