Ron Chernow is an award-winning American biographer whose first book, The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance, won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1990. His more recent works have received similar acclaim, including the 1998 biography Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., and 2004's Alexander Hamilton. Both works were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His book Washington: A Life, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2011 after its 2010 publication. Mr. Chernow is a past president of PEN American Center, the leading book writer's organization in the U.S. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Society of American Historians.