Book Spotlight: The Hamilton Affair
Alexander Hamilton is having a moment. There is the Broadway smash hit musical, the best-selling biography, and now, a new work of historical fiction. Elizabeth Cobbs MN ‘83 takes her background as an American historian to tell the true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler in her novel The Hamilton Affair.
Dr. Cobbs uses vignettes to weave together the lives of the Hamiltons, stretching from their youths all the way through their deaths—his at the dueling ground and hers at the age of 97. Together the couple braved the perils of the Revolutionary War, suffered the torment of temptation and infidelity, and maneuvered the politics of the birth of a nation.
“Cobbs’ novel presents a thoroughly researched portrait of the Hamiltons that makes you feel like you are in the room where it happened,” says the Miami Herald.
The Kirkus Reviews says “although it’s entering a crowded field of biographies, fictional or not, of various Founding Fathers, Cobbs’ meticulous account holds its own—even without catchy tunes.”
Dr. Cobbs is the Melbern Glasscock Chair and professor of American History at Texas A&M University and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction.
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