I received a signed copy of Hamilton: The Formative Years from author Michael Newton today. What a wonderful surprise. Newton's book covers primarily the same period in Hamilton's life that mine does but it is much more in depth and completely different. This latest release I can imagine will be a reference for many years to come as the definitive work on Hamilton's early years. I would have loved to have consulted it when I wrote my historical fiction work on Hamilton. Among the sources I had were Flexner's work on young Alexander Hamilton. Flexner's accuracy was not always the best. He got the name of the township where Hamilton and Washington crossed the Delaware to attack Trenton completely wrong. In his book he called it Upper Wakefield. It was Upper Makefield I know because I lived there. But this is an just an aside.
I encourage all to check out Newton's new work on Hamilton. I can't imagine the work it took to create something so authoritative. It must have been a Herculean task! So if you are at all interested in the most ambitious founding father of the United States run don't walk to your nearest book store and grab a copy or download it on your e-reader. I certainly wish Michael all the greatest success with his new book.