Friday Fives | Books to Read Because of Hamilton

Posted July 2, 2020 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in books, friday favorites / 0 Comments

As many probably know, and may have already watched, Hamilton: the Musical dropped on Disney+ today. I know I’m not the only one freaking out! In honor of my favorite musical, person (Lin-Manuel), and moment in history, we are discussing books that inspired or should be read because of Hamilton: the Musical.

To be honest, two of these books I have not read all the way through yet. I’ll let you know which ones though.

David McCullough is that historian everyone knows about. You always see one of his books in a bookstore or library. An award winning author, this one is a great read to understand the whole Revolution.

I truly don’t know why I haven’t finished this book. I’ve had it for ages, and I’ve read passages/excerpts in multiple classes. It’s not even a long book (300 pages). Either way, the parts I’ve read are amazing and as you can see, it is a Pulitzer Prize winning book.

Still haven’t gotten to this…even though it’s what inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical. Don’t look at me!

Okay. Okay….I do like this book. I think Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie do an amazing job of keeping the accuracy, while remaining in the fictional realm. Yet, the only problem I have with it is they do still romanticize the relationship of Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Not saying this is okay, but I think the reason it didn’t jump out at me is the fact that the focus is on Martha “Patsy” Jefferson.

Touted as the backstage pass to the musical, and it lives up to it! This is such a beautiful book. Along with all the little tidbits and quotes from Lin-Manuel and others about this musical.

Of course, these are only a small amount of books dealing with Hamilton and the American Revolution. Let me know some of your favorites or ones on your TBR below!

Happy Reading Darlings!

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