and Alexander Hamilton:
I admit I've never been terribly interested in Grant, maybe I should give him a look. Tough when there's an infinite abundance of great literature. We're truly spoiled.
The competition between Jefferson and Hamilton is also detailed in https://www.amazon.com/Alexander-Hamilton-Ron-Chernow/dp/159..., and it doesn't paint such a great picture of Jefferson. (Alexander Hamilton lived one of the most incredible lives ever. Anyone interested in history needs to read this book)
Here is a short post I wrote a few days back:
Hamilton is an absolutely fantastic musical. An amazing history : probably the most interesting story of a founding-father. It has got everything : rags-to-riches, heroism, fighting, betrayal, sex scandal, .. you name it. The musical is based off of Ron Chernow's door-stop sized biography. Lin Manuel Miranda adapted it to a Broadway play. And if you are like most, you will end up becoming a huge fan of Miranda. The musical won a Pulitzer as well as a lot of Tony's including the best musical. What a beautiful way to tell the story of a founding father with Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B and a bunch of other genres. Mind blown!
If you can get a ticket to the musical, consider yourself lucky and go watch it. I haven't. So ended up doing all the other reading / listening before the musical finale. :)
I got so interested in this that I have now listened to the musical (many times), read all the coverage of it in NY Times (published as a book) and also the book that Miranda himself wrote about the genesis of the show and watched a dozen videos of Lin on youtube.
Here's Lin's first presentation of this idea in a poetry recital at the White House:
The entire musical is available on many streaming services and on youtube too.
The book by Lin Manuel Miranda : Hamilton :
This is the book that covers all articles on NY Times: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FWP73AM/
A few cool Lin videos:
Freestyle rapping in the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Freestyle with Ellen:
Ron Chernow's book:
[yet to read this massive tome -> saving it up as the finale].
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