Peter McNamara is the author of Political Economy and Statesmanship and editor of The Noblest Minds and of Liberalism Conservatism and Hayek’s Idea of Spontaneous Order. He is Co-director of the Project on Liberty and American Constitutionalism.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has brought the American Founding back to life and, with it, the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. Drawing heavily from Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of Hamilton, Miranda recasts the American Founding into a vivid tale of love, war, political intrigue, stunning successes, ignominious failures, immigrants, and big city life—the kind of stuff that makes for a great story. Miranda’s genius is to put this story to music, the medium that, as Socrates said long ago, is much more powerful than mere words.
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