The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

Early on the morning of July 11, 1804, two men met on the dueling grounds of Weehauken, New Jersey. When the duel was over, one man was dead and the other was a fugitive.

Both men were prominent in the life of the young nation. Alexander Hamilton had been the first Secretary of the Treasury under under President George Washington. Aaron Burr was President Thomas Jefferson's vice president.

Events in the two men's lives had unfolded along parallel lines. Both were orphaned at an early age; both attended the same secondary school; both went on to college; both served on General George Washington's staff during the American Revolution; both were war heroes; both became New York City lawyers.

In this engrossing dual biography, Judith St. George reveals how these two men's lives were intertwined for some twenty-five years, with their resentments and misunderstandings culminating in a tragic duel. In her hands, history is far more compelling than fiction.

 

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