Hamilton: The Musical has taken the US by storm and moved the musical theater world to new levels of interest and popularity. With sold-out shows running in three US cities, securing tickets to the show is a victory as sweet as our young nation’s victory at Yorktown! Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter captures the essence of what has made Hamilton: The Musical the cultural sensation that it has become. Old college classmates Miranda and McCarter, were, of course, involved with Hamilton from the beginning, so who best to trace the history of this cultural phenomenon. Apart from the play, the book stands in its own right as a work of art. It is stunning visually, and offers as much upon second and subsequent reads as its first perusal. The book alternates non-fiction, critical and analytical essays by McCarter with transcriptions of the show’s scene-by-scene dialogue and lyrics as written by Miranda. As an added bonus, Miranda comments on his lyrics with humorous notes that play with the reader as both theater goer and student of history. In the first few essays, McCarter comments on the original ideas for the musical, and on the initial development of artistic relationships between the play’s creator, Miranda, and many of his collaborators. He then explores bringing the production to life, the challenges of staging a modern musical, and the artistic choices that make Hamilton the ground breaking musical that it is, and the relevance of Hamilton’s ideas and themes to modern American society. Do you have a question about the musical? Well, if so, odds are one of the essays addresses your interest. Interspersed between these essays is the artistic beauty that is Hamilton. Not only do you have the full libretto (useful when singing along with the recently released Hamilton Mix-tapes), but the photography and artwork from the stage production enhance the entire artistic experience. Original dramatist notes and design sketches and outlines add to a fuller experience of what a monumental effort Hamilton is/was. If you have seen Hamilton: The Musical, then Hamilton: The Revolution is a wonderful way to relive that experience. If you’re still waiting to secure a seat to the show, then Hamilton: The Revolution will allow you to heighten your theater experience by gaining a deeper appreciation before the curtain rises (if there was a curtain!).