"Hamilton: The Revolution" by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter

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Title: Hamilton: The Revolution
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
Start Date: 5/15/16
End Date: 5/16/16
# of Pages: 288
Edition: Grand Central Publishing First Edition hardcover (2016) 

Favorite Quotes: (1) “Sometimes the right person tells the right story at the right moment, and through a combination of luck and design, a creative expression gains new force. Spark, tinder, breeze.” (2) “Lin couldn’t - can’t - help himself. ‘Finishing a tune at 10:30 for actors who are leaning it at 11…Horrible horrible when will I stop doing my homework on the buss I’m 33.’” (3) “[‘Why do you write like you’re running out of time’] sums up how I think most of us feel in the face of Hamilton’s remarkable output. Same as Shakespeare or the Beatles: How on earth did you do that with the same 24 hours a day everyone else gets?” (4) “By ending with Hamilton’s afterlife, not his death, the show asks us to think about what we leave behind when we’re gone: It invites us to thin about legacies. Hamilton thought about them a lot. So does Lin. ‘I think we all dream - or it might just be me - that when we pass on , the people we love are going to keep us alive in some way, whether that’s talking about us or keeping our picture up.” 

Why I Chose It: Hamilton. That’s why. If you know me you know I’ve been captivated by the new musical for the past few months. While Chernow’s biography of the founding father (which was the genesis of all of this) is still on my reading list, I couldn’t help picking Miranda’s “making of” book-mentary in advance of going to see the show myself. 

Other Notes: This is the best, most ornate and well designed “show notes” / “tour book” type product I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It may be nearly as incredible of an accomplishment as the play itself - the process of creating Hamilton was so well documented that the story can be naturally tied to the progression of the story of Hamilton himself. And the lyrics annotated are well worth reading by themselves. Buy this and read it. 

BooksKarl Magnuson