This month in Between the Lines Book Club we are reading Hamilton, the biography by Ron Chernow. We will be meeting in person at Arden-Dimick Library, Sacramento California, on January 28th at 10:30 AM to discuss the book.
Hamilton is the rare biography that makes meetings about finance interesting. Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean under circumstances straight out of Dickens, and he wrote his way out of poverty and into power. Once in power, he vacillated between brilliance and self-destruction and died in a duel at the age of 47.
Writer Lin-Manuel Miranda recognized this as a story that was reminiscent of the rappers who wrote their way out of poverty but often died young. Here’s a couple of some great articles and interviews that help explain the link between Chernow’s book and Manuel’s musical:
“All About The Hamilton’s,” by Rebecca Mead for The New Yorker
“Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda” by Jeff MacGregor, for Smithsonian
You can hear most of the musical online for free but there aren’t very many posted videos. Here’s a couple from the Tony Awards, live! How lucky we are to be alive right now!