Like I mentioned in my last two monthly wrap-up posts, I’ve been listening to the Hamilton cast recording pretty much non-stop (zing!) since it was released. It’s all the glorious nerdy history you could want wrapped up in a perfect musical package. But what if you want more, even beyond Ron Chernow’s Hamilton and the endless joys of Hamilton’s Genius page? Here are four books that can take you a step further in your journey.
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
Founding Brothers is the Pulitzer Prize winning deep dive into the founding of the United States, including several key moments from Hamilton. Joseph J. Ellis walks through the debate over the capital, Washington’s Farewell address, Adams’ administration, and Hamilton and Burr’s duel, among others.
The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel by Margaret A. Oppenheimer
Eliza Jumel‘s life story starts similar to Hamilton’s and ends with a late-life marriage to the disgraced Aaron Burr. Where Eliza Schuyler Hamilton is believed to have destroyed most of her correspondence, Eliza Jumel left behind an incredible cache of letters and documents outlining the details of her life.
My Theodosia by Anya Seton
Originally published in 1941, My Theodosia was just reprinted at the end of last month, presumably due to Hamilton‘s success. Though fiction, it’s based on the life of Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia, as she struggles to choose between the man her father wants her to marry and the man she loves.
Master of the Mountain by Henry Wiencek
I’m a firm believer in giving Thomas Jefferson the historical side-eye and I love that Lin-Manuel Miranda wasn’t afraid to go there. Henry Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain is an A++ look at Thomas Jefferson’s contradictions through the economy of Monticello.
The history teacher in me is also going to throw in an extra nod for The Federalist Papers (“Hamilton wrote the OTHER FIFTY-ONE!”). If you haven’t read them since high school (or ever), it’s worth taking a peek.