Rush on Boys: Hamilton at War
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Title: Rush on Boys: Hamilton at War
Publisher: Rob Child and Assoc., LLC
Book Type: Paperback
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As the story opens, young Alexander Hamilton marches with the Continentals at Fort Lee, New Jersey. He is frustrated by being relegated to the end of the line and missing out on the action. He desperately wants to make a name for himself. His fortunes soon change at the Raritan River when the vanguard of British infantry catches up to Washington's army.
Hamilton, and his cannons are the only defense line available to prevent the army from being destroyed. Successfully protecting the Continental army and allowing their escape with his rear-guard action, Hamilton catches the attention of George Washington.
The future President asks the twenty-year-old Hamilton to join his staff. Sent on one daring mission after another Hamilton s stature grows, creating great political mistrust among his rivals. When ambition overtakes Hamilton, he threatens to overthrow Congress, which he sees as corrupt. Challenging a Congressman to a duel who views Hamilton as treasonous immigrant his world nearly self-destructs.
With the end of the American Revolution looming and his visions of his own glory fading, Hamilton becomes determined to leave Washington s staff and return to the battlefield. Washington, the only man who can help him, does all in his power to deny him. One daring assignment remains, however, that will determine the outcome of the final battle and the entire war. It is at a place called Yorktown.
Excerpts of an interview I did with the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society on why I wrote, Rush On, Boys: Hamilton at War.
AHAS: So, how did you first come across Alexander Hamilton?
RC: It was with the distributor Inecom that I did Lincoln and Lee and Silent Wings. They said, 'Well, Rob, what's your next project?' and I said, 'I don't know...I haven't thought about. I like telling these unknown stories.' This CEO said, 'I think we should do some known stories'. It was very interesting, he said, 'Pull out your wallet...do you have a ten dollar bill in there?' 'As a matter of fact I do.' 'Who's on that $10 bill?' 'Hamilton.' 'I want a story about that guy. Somebody who people carry around in their wallets all the time. I don't want a story about the duel, it's been done. I want a story about his military career, what his life was before.'
And I said, 'Oh! Okay, that sounds like a great idea. I'll write up a treatment and get back to you.' So I took several months to research and I was intrigued by him and I started digging - this was 2004 or 2005 - I started digging into this history and I was really amazed. The cut-off was the end of the Revolution and the start was his childhood. And it was just an incredible story that could really be brought to life. I wrote this treatment...and you know, it was pretty good and I submitted it to the distributor and they said, 'Ahh...it's too expensive' [laughs]. I just wouldn't let it drop. I wrote it not thinking about it budget-wise, but I wrote it for the story aspect and I really liked it.
So I did some more research and I said, 'Well, I'll write the screen play,' you know, really taking it a step forward. So I spent probably nine months writing the screenplay, overwriting it, polishing it, revising it, and cutting it back. I said, I'll submit it around, and it was recognized as an 'Official Finalist" in the 2011 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.
AHAS: So what went into the process of writing this book?
RC: I said, I'm not going to let it just sit in the drawer; I want people to see this story. So I dove back in last year, instead adapting the screenplay to the book. It's a really tedious process, believe me. Screenplays are not like novels. There's no interior thought in a screenplay... you can't have someone in a scene think their way down the street, it's mostly dialogue. I had to add in interior thought and format it, break it into chapters, so it was another arduous process getting it down to the book form. But to me, it was worth it. I wanted the story out there, after starting it back in 2004..what's this, 2013? [laughs]. It's been a long process, but I just never gave up on it.
AHAS: Though it's a work of historical fiction, you've obviously done an extensive amount of research for this book. How did you carry out the research process?
RC: I looked to a compilation of books, Flexner's book Young Hamilton, Ron Chernow's book, Brookhiser's book. Then I looked to the 19th century writings that were released by some, and others - pamphlets, things that I could find that were really obscure, like in internet archives. In the research and the writing, I would have three sources open at all times so I could cross reference book to book, pamphlet to whatever, so I could determine for myself what I thought was accurate...try to determine if something is suspect or not...
AHAS: If you could have the reader take away just one message from your book, what would it be?
RC: That's a tough question. Probably that Hamilton, out of all the founders, really grasped what America could be. And he was excited about it, and he actually built it. People have to recognize that fact. In Hamilton's America, he recognized the greatness of what the country could be because he'd seen the worst of what a country could be. People just took it for granted and didn't have the imagination that he had. I think that's probably what I'd want people to recognize, that he knew the greatness that was coming before the country was formed.
AHAS: Now that you've released Rush On Boys, what are your future plans?
RC: I should be releasing the first installment of what I call the Hamilton trilogy this summer, the Prelude to Revolution. I've been writing the third installment on Hamilton as a statesman. If you think about it, there's Hamilton patriot, warrior, statesman. I'll be releasing the statesman installment sometime next year. That's going to be tough to write because there's so much [laughs].
AHAS: Well thank you so much for speaking with us. We appreciate your efforts to elevate the public's awareness of Alexander Hamilton. Best of luck on the book series and your future endeavors!
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