OCTOBER 24TH - Jonathan Hennessey on Alexander Hamilton

Join us on Tuesday, October 24, at 6 pm!

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in 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.

Watch the book trailer here!

“. . . a timely portrait of the famous and controversial Alexander Hamilton.”
 —Library Journal (
Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels)

“For fans of the stage show who are looking to dive deeper into the real history that inspired it, Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History Of An American Founding Father is just what you need on your TBR.”

“Unpacking the history behind the high-energy Broadway megahit Hamilton, this focused biography will get teen through adult readers to ask questions about the country’s past and 
—Library Journal (Review)

JONATHAN HENNESSEY is a writer of both nonfiction and fiction. American History is generally his muse. Coauthor of The Comic Book Story of Beer (Random House), a nonfiction graphic novel telling the story of the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage from 7,000 B.C. to the present, with Mike Smith and artist Aaron McConnell. Their first book release, The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation (2008; Macmillan), was an illustrated, graphic novel edition of the entire U.S. Constitution. It was chosen as a “Best Book of 2008” by The Village Voice and a 2009 “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by the American Library Association. A conceptual follow-up, The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation (2013; HarperCollins), used the words of Abraham Lincoln’s immortal speech to tell the whole story of the Civil War from colonial times through to the Civil Rights Era. The book received starred reviews in Kirkus and Library Journal and was also chosen by Library Journal as a “Best Graphic Novel of 2013.” In addition, Legendary Comics, publisheshes Jonathan's fiction comics.

Jonathan has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, has guest-blogged for Fox News and the American Constitution Society; written for the Austin Chronicle; and has appeared at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, San Diego Comic Con, New York City Comic Con, as a featured guest at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., and the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Jonathan was born on a U.S. Army base in Massachusetts, grew up in suburban Boston, and has lived in Texas and New York City. He currently resides outside Los Angeles.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399580000
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - August 8th, 2017

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