Individual Author Record
Name: Jeremy McCarterPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMcCarter lives in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationJeremy McCarter studied history at Harvard. He is a writer, director and producer. McCarter spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater in New York, where he created and ran the Public Forum series of performances and conversations. He has written about culture and politics for New York magazine, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Along with the books listed below, he also edited Bite the Hand That Feeds You: Essays and Provocations by Henry Fairlie.
- Hamilton: The Revolution, Grand Central Publisthing, 2016 - written with Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals, Random House, 2017
Titles At Your Library
Hamilton: The Revolution
ISBN: 1455539740 Grand Central Publishing. 2016 Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.
HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages--"since before this was even a show," according to Miranda--traces its development from an improbable performance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.
Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus exclusive looks at notebooks and emails interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sondheim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production and multiple appearances by President Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became a national phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.
Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals
ISBN: 0812993055 Random House. 2017 From the co-author of the #1New York TimesbestsellerHamilton: The Revolution, the stunning story of five American radicals fighting for their ideals as the country goes mad around them
âInspiring and entertaining.ââDavid Brooks, The New York Times
âItâs not difficult to see why [Lin-Manuel] Miranda would have been attracted to [Jeremy] McCarter as a writing partner.ââTheWall Street Journal
âOne of the exciting new nonfiction books this summer.ââTime
Where do we find our ideals? What does it mean to live for themâand to risk dying for them? For Americans during World War I, these werenât abstract questions. Young Radicals tells the story of five activists, intellectuals and troublemakers who agitated for freedom and equality in the hopeful years before the war, then fought to defend those values in a country pitching into violence and chaos.
Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarterâs dramatic narrative brings to life the exploits of Randolph Bourne, the bold social critic who strove for a dream of America that was decades ahead of its time Max Eastman, the charismatic poet-propagandist of Greenwich Village, whose magazine The Masses fought the government for the right to oppose the war Walter Lippmann, a boy wonder of socialism who forged a new path to seize new opportunities Alice Paul, a suffragist leader who risked everything to win women the right to vote and John Reed, the swashbuckling journalist and impresario who was an eyewitness toâand a key player inâthe Russian Revolution.
Each of these figures sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American lifeâpolitically, socially, culturallyâand struggled to bring it about, only to see a cataclysmic war and reactionary fervor sweep it away. A century later, we are still fighting for the ideals these five championed: peace, womenâs rights, economic equality, freedom of speechâall aspects of a vibrant American democracy. The story of their struggles brings new light and fresh inspiration to our own.
Praise for Young Radicals
âIn this lively, if at times swooningly earnest, portrait of artists, activists, writers and intellectuals, McCarter chronicles a moment in American history when âsocialism, progressivism, modernism, and feminism all exploded at once.âââNewsday
âA brisk pace and sympathetic portraits make for an entertaining, well-researched history of a decade marked by ebullience, hope, and pain.ââKirkus Reviews
âMcCarterâs prose is engaging, moving, and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny. Recommended for young radicals today who want to understand past attempts to change the world in the face of repression.ââLibrary Journal (starred review)