Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now: With Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda merges history, biography, rap, and Broadway into a work of art that engages audiences of all kinds. Problem is, it’s the hottest ticket in town, and prices don’t seem to be going down anytime soon. But you’re in luck, because there are any number of books you can read to immerse yourself in that world. After all, it was a massive biography of one of the Founding Fathers that so enthralled Miranda that he spent seven years adapting it for the stage. Drawing from Miranda’s various inspirations, the show’s spiritual forebears, and some picks from a little left-of-center, these books will have you reading non-stop.
Which Hamilton-adjacent books make your heart go BOOM?
Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.
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