People cannot stop talking about Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new musical about Alexander Hamilton. Miranda says that he based his musical on the book Hamilton, a biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
What most people don’t realize is that Chernow’s 800 page book is incredibly boring, and mostly focuses on Hamilton’s creation of the United States financial system. Miranda’s first version of Hamilton was much closer to the book, before he realized that he needed to spice it up with rapping.
The following is an excerpt from Hamilton: Coins Coins Coins, Manuel’s first version of the musical.