'HAMILTON' by The New York Times

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“Why hasn’t anyone done a hip-hop version of Alexander Hamilton’s life?” said the Broadway composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda in a 2012 article in The New York Times. Lucky for us, Mr. Miranda — a history buff who had long been fascinated by the turbulent life and tragic end of our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury — has done just that. This Tbook, a selection of articles and reviews from The Times, chronicles the evolution of Miranda’s musical “Hamilton,” from its beginnings as an experimental rap project, to Off Broadway at the Public Theater and, ultimately, to megahit on Broadway. The overwhelming success of “Hamilton,” inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography, has had far-reaching effects. It has not only created a new kind of theater experience, it has also been influential in preserving Hamilton’s image on the $10 bill and has sparked a surge of interest in the man himself, whose importance as a founding father has often been overlooked by history.

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Richard Bernstein, a book critic for the "New York Times" & formerly a national cultural correspondent, was a foreign correspondent for both the "Times" & "Time" magazine. He was also "Time" magazine's Beijing bureau chief. "Ultimate Journey" is his fifth book & his third on Asia. He lives in New York City. The New York Times" team comprises Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson. Bill Keller is the executive editor of "The New York Times," "Class Matters" also includes essays by Christopher Buckley, Diane McWhorter, Richard Price, David Levering Lewis, and Linda Chavez, about their encounters with class when they were growing up.
Published May 24, 2016 by The New York Times Company. 124 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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