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17 Books To Read While You’re in the Hamilton Standby Line

Didn’t win the ticket lottery to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical? We feel your pain, and we’ve got a list for when you need to start retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf. (Told entirely in Miranda’s brilliant lyrics, of course!)
  1. Alexander Hamilton Book Cover Picture
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    Alexander Hamilton

    How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar?  Why, just like this.

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  2. The Marquis Book Cover Picture
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    The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered

    Oui oui, mon ami, je m’appelle Lafayette! The Lancelot of the revolutionary set!

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  3. Independence Lost Book Cover Picture
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    Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution

    I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I’m not throwin’ away my shot!

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  4. Revolutionary Characters Book Cover Picture
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    Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

    This is not a moment, it’s the movement where all the hungriest brothers with something to prove went.

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  5. In the Name of the Father Book Cover Picture
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    In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation

    And if we win our independence, is that a guarantee of freedom for our descendants? 

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  6. The Radicalism of the American Revolution Book Cover Picture
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    The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists? Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is!

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  7. Revolutionary Mothers Book Cover Picture
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    Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal — and when I meet Thomas Jefferson? I’ma compel him to include women in the sequel! (Work!)

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  8. Adopted Son Book Cover Picture
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    Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship that Saved the Revolution

    You need all the help you can get — I have some friends. Laurens, Mulligan, Marquis de Lafayette!

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  9. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Book Cover Picture
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    Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

    EVERYONE GIVE IT UP FOR AMERICA’S FAV’RITE FIGHTIN’ FRENCHMAN

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  10. Duel with the Devil Book Cover Picture
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    Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery

    Gentlemen of the jury, I’m curious, bear with me — are you aware that we’re making hist’ry? This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation, the liberty behind deliberation.

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  11. City of Liars and Thieves Book Cover Picture
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    City of Liars and Thieves

    “I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt with my assistant counsel—” “Co-counsel. Hamilton, sit down. Our client Levi Weeks is innocent.”

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  12. The Quartet Book Cover Picture
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    The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

    Goes and proposes his own form of government – his own plan for a new form of government! Talks for six hours, the convention is listless! “Bright young man.” “Yo, who the f is this?”

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  13. The Federalist Papers Book Cover Picture
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    The Federalist Papers

    Because sometimes you need to just go back to the source material, and also because Hamilton wrote THE OTHER FIFTY-ONE.

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  14. Washington's Circle Book Cover Picture
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    Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President

    They are asking me to lead — I am doing the best I can to get the people that I need. I’m asking you to be my right hand man. 

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  15. Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing Book Cover Picture
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    Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing

    America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me – you let me make a difference, a place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up!

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