Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America

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Baker & Taylor
Describes the events that led up to the fatal duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, offers profiles of each man, and recounts Jefferson's attempts to ruin Burr after Hamilton's death

Perseus Publishing
A rich brew of political intrigue that dwarfs even the most salacious political scandal today.

All school children know the story of the fatal duel between Hamilton and Burr - but do they really? In this remarkable retelling, Thomas Fleming takes the reader into the post-revolutionary world of 1804, a chaotic and fragile time in the young country as well as a time of tremendous global instability.The success of the French Revolution and the proclamation of Napoleon as First Consul for Life had enormous impact on men like Hamilton and Burr, feeding their own political fantasies at a time of perceived Federal government weakness and corrosion. Their hunger for fame spawned antagonisms that wreaked havoc on themselves and their families and threatened to destabilize the fragile young American republic. From that poisonous brew came the tangle of regret and anger and ambition that drove the two to their murderous confrontation in Weehawken, New Jersey.Readers will find this is popular narrative history at its most authoritative, and authoritative history at its most readable.

Book News
The story of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's duel may be part of American lore, but this book places it firmly in American history by tracing the final year of Hamilton's life up to that fateful day. In what could have been a recounting of minutia, Fleming instead incorporates the larger issues of the newly formed United States, including the detailed political relationships and intrigues of people like Jefferson and DeWitt Clinton, as well as the global issue of the Napoleonic threat in Europe. Fleming is a popular historian who contributes to a variety of public radio and television series and has authored over 40 books of fiction and nonfiction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780465017362
Branch Call Number: 973.46 FLE
Characteristics: xiii, 446 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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