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Explore the World and Stories of Hamilton

Are you interested in learning more about what inspired the hit musical Hamilton? Here are some titles about the historical figures that that appear in the musical, some novels that tell new stories about them, and books about the making of the musical and the actors who starred in it.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Ron Chernow tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America.

Failing Up : How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom
Leslie Odom, Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the phenomenon Broadway musical Hamilton. Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sang for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

Hamilton : The Revolution : Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, With a True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-Hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Includes libretto and photographs from the musical, as well as an account of the creation of the musical, from the composition of the first song of the show in 2009 to the opening night in 2015.

Hamilton [Sound Recording] : Original Broadway Cast Recording by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Musical soundtrack based on the life of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton and Peggy! : A Revolutionary Friendship by Laura Elliott
In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes romantically involved with her sister, Eliza.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
A portrait of the French Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette, discusses his nonpartisan influence on a fledgling United States, his relationships with the Founding Fathers, and his contributions during the contentious 1824 presidential election.

My Dear Hamilton : A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray
Tells the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Tells not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal - but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right

The Last King of America : The Misunderstood Reign of George III by Andrew Roberts
Most Americans dismiss George III as a buffoon--a heartless and terrible monarch with few, if any, redeeming qualities. The best-known modern interpretation of him is Jonathan Groff's preening, spitting, and pompous take in Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway masterpiece. In The Last King of America, Roberts paints a deft and nuanced portrait of the much-maligned monarch and outlines his accomplishments, which have been almost universally forgotten. Two hundred and forty-five years after the end of George III's American rule, it is time for Americans to look back on their last king with greater understanding: to see him as he was and to come to terms with the last time they were ruled by a monarch.

The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr by Susan Holloway Scott
Aaron Burr was a hero of the Revolution, a brilliant politician, lawyer, and very nearly president. But there were dark whispers about him: that he was untrustworthy, a libertine, a man unafraid of claiming whatever he believed should be his. Sold into slavery as a child in India, Mary Emmons was brought to an America torn by war. Toughened by the experiences of her young life, Mary is intelligent, resourceful, and strong. She quickly gains the trust of her new mistress, Theodosia Prevost, and becomes indispensable-- especially after the widowed Theodosia marries Colonel Aaron Burr. As Theodosia sickens with the fatal disease that will finally kill her, Mary and Burr are drawn together into a private world of power and passion, and a secret, tangled union that would have shocked the nation.

You Never Forget Your First : A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe
Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he's not quite the man we remember. Coe focuses on his activities off the battlefield--like espionage and propaganda. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War, Washington once again shocked the world by giving up power, only to learn his compatriots wouldn't allow it. Alexis Coe combines rigorous research and unsentimental storytelling, finally separating the man from the legend.


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