Readers Advisory: Episode 38 – Hamilton

Here’s what we suggest in addition to reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and listening to Hamilton the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

Don’t Be Shocked When Your History Book Mentions Me

(Narrative Nonfiction/Group Biographies)

American Nations by Colin WoodardAmerica's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines by Gail CollinsAssassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's by Charles CeramiDuel with the Devil by Paul CollinsFounding Mothers by Cokie Roberts

George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade & Don YaegerThe Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-ReedJefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling

Male-Male Intimacy in Early America by William BenemannA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnRevolutionary Medicine by Jeanne Abrams

Revolutionary Mothers by Carol BerkinScorpion Tongues by Gail CollinsWomen of the Republic by Linda Kerber

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?


Abigail Adams by Woody HoltonAmerican Sphinx by Joseph EllisBad Boy by Walter Dean Myers

Becoming Madison by Michael SignerGeorgiana by Amanda ForemanHole in my Life by Jack Gantos

The Immortal Irishman by Timothy EganJohn Adams by David McCulloughLafayette In the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Martha Washington by Patricia BradyMy Beloved World by Sonia SotomayorWashington by Ron Chernow

Take a Break

(Fiction With a #HamVibe)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamine Alire SaenzThe Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation by M. T. AndersonBring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Chains by Laurie Halse AndersonCode Name Verity by Elizabeth WeinIn the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Little Women by Louisa May AlcottNo Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux NelsonOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Patriot Hearts by Barbara HamblyProxy by Alex LondonRevolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The Time Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette by Bianca TuretskyWolf by the Ears by Ann RinaldiWolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

LMM On Your Side

(Works By or Publicly Endorsed By Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Affairs of Honor by Joanne FreemanAlexander Hamilton by Ron ChernowFounding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarterThe Heartbreak of Aaron Burr by H. W. BrandMy Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok


What Time Is It? Showtime!

(Musicals By or Publicly Endorsed By Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Bring it On The MusicalCamelotEvita

HamiltonIn The HeightsJesus Christ Superstar

Last Five YearsLes MiserablesRent

The Other 51

(Historical Record)

New York Historical SocietyThe Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James MadisonWritings by Alexander Hamilton

Everybody’s Dancin’ And The Band’s Top Volume

(Books on Music & Musicals)

Can't Stop, Won't Stop by Jeff ChangDecoded by Jay-ZDramarama by E. Lockhart

Finishing the Hat by Stephen SondheimHome by Julie AndrewsJoy Ride by John Lahr

Look, I Made a Hat by Stephen SondheimOur Musicals, Ourselves by John Bush JonesThe Rap Year Book by Shea Serrano

Razzle Dazzle by Michael RiedelRent by Jonathan LarsonThe Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel

Showtime by Larry StempelSister Mischief by Laura GoodeStripper, Showgirls, and Sharks by Peter Filichia

Skill With a Quill


The Complete Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiDrama by Raina TelgemeierEconomix by Michael Goodwin & Dan Burr

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate BeatonHip Hop Family Tree by Ed PiskorThe Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone & Josh Neufeld

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen & Faith Erin HicksPrez by Mark Russel & Ben CaldwellStep Aside, Pops! by Kate Beaton

Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels by Stan MackUnterzakhn by Leela Corman101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die by Ricardo Cavolo


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