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Driverless cars. Wearable tech. Virtual reality that does not actually suck. We live in an age of wonders. And yet, the greatest innovation of recent years may be this: a hip-hop Broadway smash based on an 800-page historical biography about one of America’s most misunderstood and divisive founders.
It’s likely that you at least have some awareness of “Hamilton.” And if you have a few hundreds bucks to spare you may even have seen it. There has been a lot of buzz. But like all truly great innovations, “Hamilton” is not just a novelty. Have you heard these songs?
In our review of Chernow’s books on Hamilton and George Washington, we proposed that Hamilton was the Kanye to Washington’s Jay Z. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer and composer of “Hamilton,” has taken it to the next level.
Here are a few other gems you should check out:
- The Schuyler Sisters (looking for a mind at work)
- Helpless (Hamilton meets his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler)
- Cabinet Battle #1 (Hamilton destroys Thomas Jefferson on the topic of the federal vs state debts)
- Non-Stop (Hamilton’s post-war life)