A Fatal Friendship: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 1999 - History - 368 pages
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A dramatic reinterpretation of the duel that shocked America.

For almost two centuries, historians have struggled to explain the extraordinary duel that killed Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of the Treasury, and ended Vice President Aaron Burr's political career. In A Fatal Friendship, the distinguished political scientist Arnold A. Rogow demonstrates for the first time that the roots of the fatal encounter lay not in Burr's (admittedly flawed) political or private conduct but rather in Hamilton's conflicted history and character. With his detailed archival research, his close (and unprecedented) examination of the friendship between the two heroic figures, and his bold, imaginative writing, Rogow changes forever our understanding of honor, politics, and friendship in the early American Republic.
  

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Those who consider today's politics a vicious affair might brush up on Hamilton and Burr, whose 1804 duel ended the political career of Burr, who was then our vice president, and took the life of ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
xi
one BASTARDY AND LEGITIMACY
xx
two THE CANNONS MOUTH
26
three HUSBANDS WIVES LOVERS
54
four ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS
77
seven LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
150
eight FAREWELLS TO ALL THAT
175
eleven A WORLD TOO SMALL?
251
EPILOGUE
273
NOTES
287
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
333
INDEX
339
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Arnold A. Rogow has taught at Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and the City University of New York. He is the author of many books, including James Forrestal: A Study of Personality, Politics, and Policy. He lives in New York City.

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