Book Review: Hamilton: The Revolution

Reviewed by Gabie deBruler

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter write about the revolutionary process of writing and performing the hit Broadway show Hamilton in Hamilton: The Revolution. Each chapter consists of songs from the show along with footnotes written by Lin-Manuel himself. While this book may sound like a history lesson, McCarter and Miranda illustrate it as so much more than that.

Lin-Manuel Miranda changes the way that Alexander Hamilton is perceived through a combination of hip-hop and musical theater in his musical Hamilton. Hamilton: The Revolution is more about the impact of this musical on the world and how the show was comprised. The book tethers between narrative and song; Hamilton: The Revolution is structured almost like a musical. Each chapter describes how and where a certain song was composed, or pictures and quotes from the actor playing the role. Then, the reader sees how that history plays out onstage.

I loved Hamilton: The Revolution. It was the perfect mixture of information on how Hamilton was composed and how the actual Alexander Hamilton had an impact. I loved getting to know one of the founding fathers more and more as I turned each page.

Gabie deBruler
Gabie deBruler

Gabie deBruler was a senior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. She is also class president HHS. She will attend LSU in the fall to major in mass communications.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.


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